Seconds literally ticked away on the old grandfather clock in the next room.
Her grandfather knew my father a long time ago.
He first asserted his power by literally throwing to the dogs the last of his boyar tyrants, and shortly afterwards announced his intention of assuming the title of tsar, a title which his father and grandfather had coveted but never dared to assume publicly.
He was like a grandfather to her.
His name was originally Edmund Fiske Green, but in 1855 he took the name of a great-grandfather, John Fiske.