It was the hush of portent, the hush of watchfulness, the hush of a threatening tension.
They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.
The silence without was only portent of the storm so soon to burst.
It was because he was a failure in literature that he became a portent in English history.
And, try as I might, I felt it to be a portent ...