Heyward felt it had now become incumbent on him to act
If the imaginative faculty refused to act
at such an hour, it might well be deemed a hopeless case.
The soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war; is applauded by those whose own act
and authority he disregards and sets at naught; as if the state were penitent to that degree that it hired one to scourge it while it sinned, but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.
There was a wait of half an hour at the end of the first act
, and I could not trust myself to do it, for I felt that I should desert to stay out.
She was hurt to the heart, and so ashamed that for a moment she did not quite know what to do or how to act
It made me fit to cry to see him act
so foolish, with such a noble chance as this opening up.
It gave to his intentions whatever of decision was wanting before; and he finally resolved, that it would be absolutely unnecessary, if not highly indecorous, to do more for the widow and children of his father, than such kind of neighbourly acts
as his own wife pointed out.
Some perplexity respecting the rights of the courts to pronounce legislative acts
void, because contrary to the Constitution, has arisen from an imagination that the doctrine would imply a superiority of the judiciary to the legislative power.
The curtain rose, as usual, to an almost empty house, it being one of the absurdities of Parisian fashion never to appear at the opera until after the beginning of the performance, so that the first act
is generally played without the slightest attention being paid to it, that part of the audience already assembled being too much occupied in observing the fresh arrivals, while nothing is heard but the noise of opening and shutting doors, and the buzz of conversation.
If we are to act
, let it be in a theatre completely fitted up with pit, boxes, and gallery, and let us have a play entire from beginning to end; so as it be a German play, no matter what, with a good tricking, shifting afterpiece, and a figure-dance, and a hornpipe, and a song between the acts
We are not obliged to identify our own acts
according to a strict classification, any more than the materials of our grocery and clothes.
By degrees these plays grew longer and fuller, until in them the whole story of man from the Creation to the Day of Judgment was acted
in what was called a cycle or circle of short acts