It is very difficult for events to be reflected in their real strength and completeness amid the conditions of court life and far from the scene of action
. General events involuntarily group themselves around some particular incident.
Ahab well knew that although his friends at home would think little of his entering a boat in certain comparatively harmless vicissitudes of the chase, for the sake of being near the scene of action
and giving his orders in person, yet for Captain Ahab to have a boat actually apportioned to him as a regular headsman in the hunt --above all for Captain Ahab to be supplied with five extra men, as that same boat's crew, he well knew that such generous conceits never entered the heads of the owners of the Pequod.
Besides that, he had that feeling of concentrated excitement that every sportsman experiences as he approaches the scene of action
. If he had anything on his mind at that moment, it was only the doubt whether they would start anything in the Kolpensky marsh, whether Laska would show to advantage in comparison with Krak, and whether he would shoot well that day himself.
Making his way through the tainted crowd, dispersed up and down this hideous scene of action
, with the skill of a man accustomed to make his way quietly, the messenger found out the door he sought, and handed in his letter through a trap in it.
We are in a banker's-parcel case just at present, and I have been down the road taking as squint at the scene of action
, and thereupon must have a word or two with our client."
They are brought also into the most perfect discipline and subordination, especially when their leaders have once got them to their scene of action
in the heart of the wilderness.
Breckenridge, who had tried in vain to mollify his ire, accompanied him to the scene of action
. Pierre Dorion's pistols gave him the advantage, and he maintained a most warlike attitude.
But this evolution gave the buck a great advantage; and it also allowed time for Edwards to approach the scene of action
Finding himself overpowered, the Jester at length threw himself from his horse, plunged into the thicket, and, favoured by the general confusion, escaped from the scene of action
. Yet the valiant Jester, as soon as he found himself safe, hesitated more than once whether he should not turn back and share the captivity of a master to whom he was sincerely attached.
At the head of that division which had Westminster Bridge for its approach to the scene of action
, Lord George Gordon took his post; with Gashford at his right hand, and sundry ruffians, of most unpromising appearance, forming a kind of staff about him.
De Guiche arrived at this moment; he pushed through the crowd which separated him from Buckingham, and, followed by Raoul, arrived on the scene of action
from one side, just as De Wardes came up from the other.
Upon the whole, the captain was inclined to pronounce the prospect hopeful, if one serious obstacle were cleared away at the outset -- that obstacle being nothing less than the presence on the scene of action