Oliver’s colour rose as he said this; he breathed quickly; and there was a curious working of the mouth and nostrils, which Mr. Claypole thought must be the immediate precursor of a violent fit of crying.
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You mean all that was just the precursor?
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
In a way, that terrible episode became not only the precursor but also the symbol for all the horrible viciousness that would follow.