This impalpable claim, therefore, resulted in nothing more solid than to cherish, from generation to generation, an absurd delusion
of family importance, which all along characterized the Pyncheons.
These ladies remain ladies to you, and to themselves, and to everybody else; and at the same time they will suffer in no way from my delusion
, for when I know that an ostensible hog is a lady, that is enough for me, I know how to treat her.
He abandoned that attempt on the first day, and resolved merely to keep himself always before him, as a silent protest against the delusion
into which he had fallen, or was failing.
Under the influence of this delusion
, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
And the oncommonest workman can't show himself oncommon in a gridiron - for a gridiron IS a gridiron," said Joe, steadfastly impressing it upon me, as if he were endeavouring to rouse me from a fixed delusion
, "and you may haim at what you like, but a gridiron it will come out, either by your leave or again your leave, and you can't help yourself--"
He had long known that the delusion
was partly due to a trap laid for him by Dunstan, who saw in his brother's degrading marriage the means of gratifying at once his jealous hate and his cupidity.
When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion
, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection.
He rather enjoyed the voyage, for he was well fed and well lodged, took a great interest in the scenes through which they were passing, and consoled himself with the delusion
that his master's whim would end at Bombay.
I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion
, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children.
But there are none; and our forefathers soon became convinced that they had been led into a terrible delusion
Reuter to her senses; her sagacity, her judgment, so long misled by a fascinating delusion
, struck again into the right track the moment that delusion
You are labouring under a delusion
, Monsieur de Griers.