The eighth chapter is exceedingly brief, and relates that Gibbons, the amateu_aturalist of the district, while lying out on the spacious open downs withou_ 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 swearin_avagely to himself; and looking, beheld nothing. Yet the voice wa_ndisputable. It continued to swear with that breadth and variety tha_istinguishes 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 i_he direction of Adderdean. It lifted to a spasmodic sneeze and ended. Gibbon_ad heard nothing of the morning's occurrences, but the phenomenon was s_triking and disturbing that his philosophical tranquillity vanished; he go_p hastily, and hurried down the steepness of the hill towards the village, a_ast as he could go.