Robert had pursued a system of lessons almost daily; and he was nearly at the point of discouragement in realizing the futility of his efforts
You have, then, limited your efforts
to sacred song?
But the effort
is getting to be greater than the relief.
From the look of unutterable woe upon his face, it appeared to be his doom to spend eternity in a vain effort
to make his accounts balance.
Seated at my own table in clear noonday light I saw a person whom, without my previous experience, I should have taken at the first blush for some housemaid who might have stayed at home to look after the place and who, availing herself of rare relief from observation and of the schoolroom table and my pens, ink, and paper, had applied herself to the considerable effort
of a letter to her sweetheart.
I put down my muff on the stile, and went up to the tall steed; I endeavoured to catch the bridle, but it was a spirited thing, and would not let me come near its head; I made effort
, though in vain: meantime, I was mortally afraid of its trampling fore-feet.
The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort
and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights.
So frantic were their efforts
to escape from the unseen thing behind me that one of the braves was hurled headlong from the cliff to the rocks below.
He then bent his body, and by a desperate effort
severed the cord that bound his legs, at the moment when it seemed as if he were actually strangled.
Lead me there,” exclaimed Elizabeth; “let us leave no effort
Throughout our journey, at every stopping-place, Apollyon had exercised his ingenuity in screwing the most abominable sounds out of the whistle of the steam-engine; but in this closing effort
he outdid himself and created an infernal uproar, which, besides disturbing the peaceful inhabitants of Beulah, must have sent its discord even through the celestial gates.
The suggestion was a good one, for thus many valuable minutes might be saved to us, and, throwing every ounce of my earthly muscles into the effort
, I cleared the remaining distance between myself and the cliffs in great leaps and bounds that put me at their base in a moment.