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I am a very remarkable Rocket, and come of remarkable parents.
"Well, I said Pylotechnic," answered the Rocket, in a severe tone of voice, and the Bengal Light felt so crushed that he began at once to bully the little squibs, in order to show that he was still a person of some importance.
"I was saying," continued the Rocket, "I was saying--What was I saying?"
"Pray, what are you laughing at?" inquired the Rocket; "I am not laughing."
"That is a very selfish reason," said the Rocket angrily.
"Common sense, indeed!" said the Rocket indignantly; "you forget that I am very uncommon, and very remarkable.
what a trivial view of life!" said the Rocket; "but it is only what I expected.
"I never said that they had," replied the Rocket; "I said that they might.
"You are the rudest person I ever met," said the Rocket, "and you cannot understand my friendship for the Prince."
Something that was not a rocket, that came not hissing but screaming, went over Harold March's head and expanded beyond the mound into light and deafening din, staggering the brain with unbearable brutalities of noise.
In the mad excitement of that moment March peered through the storm, looking again for the long lean figure that stood beside the stand of the rocket. Then another flash lit up the whole ridge.
Before the fires of the rocket had faded from the sky, long before the first gun had sounded from the distant hills, a splutter of rifle fire had flashed and flickered all around from the hidden trenches of the enemy.
When I cried out that it was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed from the room, and I have not seen her since.
Then I touched off the hogshead of rockets, and a vast fountain of dazzling lances of fire vomited itself toward the zenith with a hissing rush, and burst in mid-sky into a storm of flashing jewels!
These rockets were to burn in space, it is true; but oxygen would not fail them, for they could supply themselves with it, like the lunar volcanoes, the burning of which has never yet been stopped by the want of atmosphere round the moon.