Mr Lillyvick left his chair, walked straight up to the other end of the table, and fell upon him—literally fell upon him—instantaneously.
…was increased twenty-fold, and an astounding string of such shrill contradictions as ’He’s poisoned himself’—’He hasn’t’—’Send for a doctor’—’Don’t’—’He’s dying’—’He isn’t, he’s only pretending’—with various other cries, poured forth with bewildering volubility, until Madame Mantalini was seen to address herself to Ralph, when female curiosity to know what she would say, prevailed, and, as if by general consent, a dead silence, unbroken by a single whisper, instantaneously succeeded.
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relief was instantaneous
The colour now rushed into Elizabeth’s cheeks in the instantaneous conviction of its being a letter from the nephew.