Kalman has a way of alighting on a moment in history, and animating it with personal details, both true and imagined.
Saying which she turned a somersault off the Woozy and, alighting on her feet, began wildly dancing about.
The dear creature was no less shy when the widow first accosted her at her alighting.
He slipped sidewise on alighting, jarred his elbow, and bruised his leg.
Through a glass, perhaps, even its alighting had been watched.
At a height of several thousand feet in the air, he freed himself and descended gradually, alighting gently upon the earth.
Again it circled, anxiously, now, as if the time for alighting were short.
We had scarcely arrived when a frigidus appeared on the scene, alighting six feet away.
Then, alighting, they lashed at each other with their swords.
As it drew into the station, they eagerly scanned the alighting passengers.
"to descend, dismount," Old English alihtan, originally "to lighten, take off, take away," from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get off, make light" (see light (v.)). The notion is of getting down off a horse or vehicle, thus lightening it. Of aircraft (originally balloons) from 1786. Related: Alighted; alighting.
"on fire," early 15c., apparently from Middle English aliht, past participle of alihton (Old English on-lihtan) "to light up," also "to shine upon" (see light (n.)).