Common Peril

John Galsworthy, “‘At Home’ at Old Jolyon’s,” The Man if Property, (London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1906), p.16:

Never had they been in so full an assembly, for, mysteriously united in spite of their differences, they had taken arms against a common peril. Like cattle when a dog comes into a field, they stood head to head and shoulder to shoulder, prepared to run upon and trample the invader to death.

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