first step


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She could only look back at the days that were gone forever, and tell him the story of her first step toward the stage at Evergreen Lodge.
Vail's first step, naturally, was to stiffen up the backbone of this little company, and to prevent the Western Union from frightening it into a surrender.
Franz followed Albert with his eyes, and saw him mount the first step.
Jo's breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for to be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.
But the first step he made wrung such a hideous creak from the crazy floor that he sank down almost dead with fright.
To bring my argument to a close, I would say then, gentle sir, let your son go on as his star leads him, for being so studious as he seems to be, and having already successfully surmounted the first step of the sciences, which is that of the languages, with their help he will by his own exertions reach the summit of polite literature, which so well becomes an independent gentleman, and adorns, honours, and distinguishes him, as much as the mitre does the bishop, or the gown the learned counsellor.
They serve to embarrass and weaken the execution of the plan or measure to which they relate, from the first step to the final conclusion of it.
We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling as to win the battle of democracy.
You will go to Buckingham in my behalf, and you will tell him I am acquainted with all the preparations he has made; but that they give me no uneasiness, since at the first step he takes I will ruin the queen.
My first step had been unexpectedly rapid, but there was no appearance that it would be followed by a second.
His first step is to take himself to Lady Dedlock's rooms and look all over them for any trifling indication that may help him.
A narrow ledge, scarce a foot wide, was all that had been left to carry the initiated past that frightful cavity into which the unknowing must surely have toppled at the first step.