This impalpable claim, therefore, resulted in nothing more solid than to cherish, from generation
, an absurd delusion of family importance, which all along characterized the Pyncheons.
It was pleasant in the summer forenoons -- when the fervent heat, that almost liquefied the rest of the human family, merely communicated a genial warmth to their half torpid systems -- it was pleasant to hear them chatting in the back entry, a row of them all tipped against the wall, as usual; while the frozen witticisms of past generations
were thawed out, and came bubbling with laughter from their lips.
It is likewise to be observed, that this society has a peculiar cant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply; whereby they have wholly confounded the very essence of truth and falsehood, of right and wrong; so that it will take thirty years to decide, whether the field left me by my ancestors for six generations
belongs to me, or to a stranger three hundred miles off.
For three generations
the Bells had been professors of the science of talking.
Today, a generation
raised in the shadows of the Cold War assumes new responsibilities in a world warmed by the sunshine of freedom, but threatened still by ancient hatreds and new plagues.
Since this country was founded, each generation
of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.
Square offspring has sometimes resulted from a slightly Irregular Triangle; but in almost every such case the Irregularity of the first generation
is visited on the third; which either fails to attain the Pentagonal rank, or relapses to the Triangular.
is distinct from destruction, increase and change of place from diminution, and so on.
, a chair sits familiarly in the midst of human interests, and is witness to the most secret and confidential intercourse that mortal man can hold with his fellow.
No one of this generation
has any idea of the cause; but, considering the family characteristics, we may take it for granted that though it was deep and violent, it was on the surface trivial.
There his wife, nearly twenty-six years ago, had broken to him, with a blushing circumlocution that would have caused the young women of the new generation
to smile, the news that she was to have a child; and there their eldest boy, Dallas, too delicate to be taken to church in midwinter, had been christened by their old friend the Bishop of New York, the ample magnificent irreplaceable Bishop, so long the pride and ornament of his diocese.
The younger generation
, conscious of strength and tumultuous, have done with knocking at the door; they have burst in and seated themselves in our seats.