She played a simple air, and her voice accompanied it in sweet accents, but unlike the wondrous strain of the stranger.
Sir, I can stand this strain no longer; I shall go mad if it continues.
“ ‘I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my own private purse,’ said I, ‘were it not that the strain would be rather more than it could bear.
At the first howl the horses began to strain and rear, but the driver spoke to them soothingly, and they quieted down, but shivered and sweated as though after a runaway from sudden fright.
It gave me an idea of what a terrible strain Lucy’s system must have undergone that what weakened Arthur only partially restored her.
I cannot afford to lose blood just at present; I have lost too much of late for my physical good, and then the prolonged strain of Lucy’s illness and its horrible phases is telling on me.
Forgive me, dear, if I worry you with my troubles in the midst of your own happiness; but, Lucy dear, I must tell some one, for the strain of keeping up a brave and cheerful appearance to Jonathan tries me, and I have no one here that I can confide in.
He looked desperately sad and broken; even his stalwart manhood seemed to have shrunk somewhat under the strain of his much-tried emotions.
I fear that the strain of the past week has broken down even his iron strength.
Ah, we men and women are like ropes drawn tight with strain that pull us different ways.