Twelve years had passed since his body had been found upon the bluff before his cottage overlooking the Hudson, and oft-times during these long years I had wondered if John Carter were really dead, or if he again roamed the dead sea bottoms of that dying planet; if he had returned to Barsoom to find that he had opened the frowning portals of the mighty atmosphere plant in time to save the countless millions who were dying of asphyxiation on that far-gone day that had seen him hurtled ruthlessly through forty-eight million miles of space back to Earth
It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth
.' "Whither would you soar?"
He lifts the beautiful drooping head--their lips meet in their first kiss--they are both in heaven: it is Clara who brings them back to earth
again with a start--it is Clara who says, "Oh!
Human creatures who had left the terrestrial sphere, and returned after this strange voyage into celestial space, could not fail to be received as the prophet Elias would be if he came back to earth
. To see them first, and then to hear them, such was the universal longing.
But, if the spirits of the Dead ever come back to earth
, to visit spots hallowed by the love--the love beyond the grave--of those whom they knew in life, I believe that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook.
His teeth closed upon the rabbit, and he bore it back to earth
Deflected by the blow, Michael dropped back to earth
and ran on with his longest leaps to catch up and make his next spring.
"His character was such, that it seemed as if one of the ancient Puritans had been sent back to earth
to animate the people's hearts with the same abhorrence of tyranny that had distinguished the earliest settlers.
It was not until he actually reached the very side of the Tower that he came back to earth
. As he opened the door, he found a surprise in store for him.
Then the night of our sordid commonplace life closes in around it, and the burned-out case, falling back to earth
, lies useless and uncared for, slowly smoldering into ashes.
There was a thud below him as the baffled cat fell back to earth
, and then Tarzan of the Apes, drawing his dinner farther up to the safety of a higher limb, looked down with grinning face into the gleaming yellow eyes of the other wild beast that glared up at him from beneath, and with taunting insults flaunted the tender carcass of his kill in the face of him whom he had cheated of it.
They always picked up their arrows when they fell back to earth
. I could not see Red-Eye, but I could hear him howling from somewhere in the tree.
Just as he caught the swing of them and started, his imagination attuned in flight, always they vanished away in a chaotic scramble of sounds that was meaningless to him, and that dropped his imagination, an inert weight, back to earth
"Oh, I mean real guessin'," he urged, when the animal had dropped back to earth
and stood regarding him with trembling suspicion.
But you come back to earth
at meal-time, I am sure, or when an earthquake happens along.