Monday, 4 August 2008

Lightning Frozen

At one time a stroke of lightning sets fire to a man and blazes like a sheaf of straw; at another it reduces a man's hands to ashes, leaving the gloves intact; it fuses the links in an iron chain as the fire in a forge would do, and on the other hand it kills a huntsman without discharging what he holds in his hand; it melts an ear-ring without burning the skin; it consumes a person's clothing without doing him the slightest injury, or perhaps it only destroys his shoes or his hat; it photographs on the breast of a man an egg which he has taken from the top of a tree that it has struck; it gilds the pieces of silver in a pocket-book by gliding from one compartment to another, without the owner being aware of it.

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