For three years and a half of my life I had had all the liberty I could wish for; but now, week after week, month after month
, and no doubt year after year, I must stand up in a stable night and day except when I am wanted, and then I must be just as steady and quiet as any old horse who has worked twenty years.
Week after week and month after month
elapsed, without anything to dispel the painful incertitude that hung over every part of this enterprise.
Look how she kept me alive in you all the summer; how she gave you no peace; how month after month
she became more eccentric and unreliable.
I will drop this subject now, leaving it to others to determine how these people manage to make endless ranks of lofty forest trees grow to just a certain thickness of trunk (say a foot and two-thirds); how they make them spring to precisely the same height for miles; how they make them grow so close together; how they compel one huge limb to spring from the same identical spot on each tree and form the main sweep of the arch; and how all these things are kept exactly in the same condition and in the same exquisite shapeliness and symmetry month after month
and year after year--for I have tried to reason out the problem and have failed.
But the faithful girl sang on, night after night, month after month
, and patiently waited; her reward must come at last.
In one way, indeed, he bade fair to ruin us, for he kept on staying week after week, and at last month after month
, so that all the money had been long exhausted, and still my father never plucked up the heart to insist on having more.
Thus he went on increasing in iniquity, month after month
, until, at the close of the first year, he not only insisted upon wearing moustaches, but had contracted a propensity for cursing and swearing, and for backing his assertions by bets.
Perhaps no one who has not gone through the experience, month after month
, of trying to erect buildings and provide equipment for a school when no one knew where the money was to come from, can properly appreciate the difficulties under which we laboured.
Month after month
I toil on, opening oyster after oyster, but seldom finding a pearl.
To chuse to remain here month after month
, under privations of every sort
Remember, I have studied you six days a week, month after month
, year after year; and I know more about the most insignificant parts of you than you know of all of me.
live, week after week, month after month
, year after year, on the brink of starvation; live, and see their pining children growing up round them, to work and want in their turn; live, with the poor man's parish prison to look to as the end, when hunger and labor have done their worst
He sits month after month
, with his lazy legs crossed before him; he leaves the girls to pine on the stem, and he bothers his uncle to know the reason why
If anybody had told me a year ago that this place would be my home, that I should be spending month after month
here, as I have done, I certainly should not have believed them.
The poor, worn-down, brutalized creatures, at first, could scarce comprehend this; but, when it was continued week after week, and month after month
, it began to awaken long-silent chords in their benumbed hearts.