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Though we were many and our enemy was alone it did not occur to us to kill him, and indeed we should have found that a hard task, even if we had thought of it, and no plan could we devise to deliver ourselves.
That," said he, "will be a hard task, but if you travel far enough you may discover it.
It will be a hard task, but surely no imprudence; and the vicar has been to scold me for my neglect of the ordinances of religion.
This, perchance, is a hard task, since it calls on the slave to sing the praises of the master upon the vanquished, while pressed by all the evils of conquest, to sing the praises of the conqueror.
She bore Nestor, Chromius, and Periclymenus, and she also bore that marvellously lovely woman Pero, who was wooed by all the country round; but Neleus would only give her to him who should raid the cattle of Iphicles from the grazing grounds of Phylace, and this was a hard task.
If one could only make the sacrifice all at once, and done with it, then it would seem easier; but to keep up a daily sacrifice of one's wishes, tastes, and pleasures, is rather a hard task, especially when one is pretty, young, and gay.
By this time David's power of device had begun to return, but it was a very hard task for his prudence to master his rage and hatred towards poor Jacob.
How anxious and capricious she would have been, and what a hard task the best of dressmakers would have found it to please her!
But with him, too, learning was a heavy business, and on his way out to-night he had offered as usual a special prayer for help, seeing that he had undertaken this hard task with a single eye to the nourishment of his soul--that he might have a greater abundance of texts and hymns wherewith to banish evil memories and the temptations of old habit--or, in brief language, the devil.
Her will was sometimes willfulness, and the ease with which she did most things led her to be impatient of hard tasks or long ones.
On the fourth day, I was absorbed over the hardest of all hard tasks in landscape art, studying the clouds straight from Nature.
This man, who would not work at the usual hard tasks which society sets to its humbler members, had exercised his secret industry with an indefatigable devotion.