The consequences of all this speedily manifested themselves. The very next incident in the story was in some 205 [degree] decisive of the catastrophe. Hitherto I have spoken only of preliminary matters, seemingly unconnected with each other, though leading to that state of mind in both parties, which had such fatal effects. But all that remains is rapid and tremendous. The death-dealing mischief advances with an accelerated motion, appearing to defy human wisdom and 206 [human] strength to obstruct its operation.