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8. In Transit
The eighth chapter is exceedingly brief, and relates that Gibbins, the amateur naturalist
of the district, while lying out on the spacious open downs without a soul within a couple
of miles of him, as he thought, and almost dozing, heard close to him the sound as of a
man coughing, sneezing, and then swearing savagely to himself; and looking, beheld
nothing. Yet the voice was indisputable. It continued to swear with that breadth and
variety that distinguishes the swearing of a cultivated man. It grew to a climax,
diminished again, and died away in the distance, going as it seemed to him in the
direction of Adderdean. It lifted to a spasmodic sneeze and ended. Gibbins had heard
nothing of the morning's occurrences, but the phenomenon was so striking and disturbing
that his philosophical tranquillity vanished; he got up hastily, and hurried down the
steepness of the hill towards the village, as fast as he could go.