From it issued as strange a sight as Carthoris ever had witnessed, though at the moment he had time to cast but a single fleeting
glance at the tall bowmen emerging through the portal behind their long, oval shields; to note their flowing auburn hair; and to realize that the growling things at their side were fierce Barsoomian lions.
At five o'clock in the evening, before that fleeting
twilight which binds night to day in tropical zones, Conseil and I were astonished by a curious spectacle.
Can it be possible that a few fleeting
years have wrought such a change?"
As they annually tend towards decay, they almost rival in brilliant variety of their gradually changing hues the fleeting
shades of the expiring dolphin.
It was formed of Zeena's obstinate silence, of Mattie's sudden look of warning, of the memory of just such fleeting
imperceptible signs as those which told him, on certain stainless mornings, that before night there would be rain.
When the Victoria passed, there was some slight show of movement; drums were beaten; but the last learned man still lingering in the place had hardly time to notice the new phenomenon, for our travellers, driven onward by the wind of the desert, resumed the winding course of the river, and, ere long, Timbuctoo was nothing more than one of the fleeting
reminiscences of their journey.
In social intercourse he gives you the surface that he wishes the world to accept, and you can only gain a true knowledge of him by inferences from little actions, of which he is unconscious, and from fleeting
expressions, which cross his face unknown to him.
"It is maddening, Virginia," said the man, "to be constantly straining every resource of my memory in futile endeavor to catch and hold one fleeting
clue to my past.