I must therefore remind you, that when we first talked over together that class of productions, in one of which the private and family affairs of your learned northern friend, Mr Oldbuck of Monkbarns, were so unjustifiably exposed to the public, some discussion occurred between us concerning the cause of the popularity these works have attained
in this idle age, which, whatever other merit they possess, must be admitted to be hastily written, and in violation of every rule assigned to the epopeia.
These are six ways of courting defeat, which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained
a responsible post.
In the afternoon of the second day, the travellers attained one of the elevated valleys locked up in this singular bed of mountains.
As they ascended still higher, there were cool breezes that refreshed and braced them, and springing with new ardor to their task, they at length attained the summit.
It may be, indeed, that here this sublime end is, now and then, attained
Yet notwithstanding, as those that first bring honor into their family, are commonly more worthy than most that succeed, so the first precedent (if it be good) is seldom attained
And as soon as it was attained
another aim would immediately present itself, replacing its predecessor.
And when a hazy conception of this ideal was attained
, it was only by a further effort that the question of the teachableness of virtue could be resolved.
Not, indeed, that their weapons retained a higher degree of perfection than theirs, but that they exhibited unheard-of dimensions, and consequently attained
hitherto unheard-of ranges.
This honest purpose you have been pleased to think I have attained
: and to say the truth, it is likeliest to be attained
in books of this kind; for an example is a kind of picture, in which virtue becomes, as it were, an object of sight, and strikes us with an idea of that loveliness, which Plato asserts there is in her naked charms.
success and an established position in the world, he had long ago forgotten this feeling; but the habitual bent of feeling reasserted itself, and dread of his own cowardice proved even now so strong that Alexey Alexandrovitch spent a long while thinking over the question of dueling in all its aspects, and hugging the idea of a duel, though he was fully aware beforehand that he would never under any circumstances fight one.
The object which I proposed to myself has now, I hope, been attained