Sam's wagon was to the far rear of the procession.
Joe has incurred our deepest wrath.
Near silence reigned.
Many hundreds of years.
Remove the italicized words. Sound better?
Make a strong statement and stick to it, my fellow writers. Don't qualify it unless you have to, that's my advice. You'll only weaken yourself...or should I say, you'll weaken yourself severely, and your efforts will be very laughable.