Fainting in “The Middle Years”

He only had time to feel he was about to be ill again – that emotion, excitement, fatigue, the heat of the sun, the solicitation of the air, had combined to play him a trick, before, stretching out a hand to his visitor with a plaintive cry, he lost his senses altogether.

James, Henry, 1843-1916, and Percy Lubbock. The Middle Years. New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1917, 614.

The speaker uses a long-winded sentence here to dramatize the way Dencombe seems to fade through the sensation of fainting – building up gradually in stages and slowly realizing that all the listed factors combined with his low health would lead to illness.