I am well aware that this doctrine of natural selection, exemplified in the above imaginary instances, is open to the same objections which were at first urged against Sir Charles Lyell's noble views on 'the modern changes of the earth, as illustrative
of geology;' but we now very seldom hear the action, for instance, of the coast-waves, called a trifling and insignificant cause, when applied to the excavation of gigantic valleys or to the formation of the longest lines of inland cliffs.
He carried his scholarship, however, to the point of pedantry, not only in the illustrative
extracts from Latin authors with which in the printed edition he filled the lower half of his pages, but in the plays themselves in the scrupulous exactitude of his rendering of the details of Roman life.
The matter looked dreary reading enough, with illustrative
diagrams and repulsive tables of figures, and the copy was sixty years old.
The question of the relation between the meaning of a sentence and the meanings of the separate words is difficult, and I shall not pursue it now; I brought it up solely as being illustrative
of the nature of propositions.
Sir William Dobbin had a great opinion of his son and narrated many stories illustrative
of the Major's learning, valour, and estimation in the world's opinion.
Having never set eyes on that last argument of men's justice except in illustrative
woodcuts to a certain type of tales, she first saw them erect against a black and stormy background, festooned with chains and human bones, circled about by birds that peck at dead men's eyes.
This little incident, illustrative
though it was of Mrs Varden's extraordinary sweetness and amiability, had so strong a tendency to check the conversation and to disconcert all parties but that excellent lady, that only a few monosyllables were uttered until Edward withdrew; which he presently did, thanking the lady of the house a great many times for her condescension, and whispering in Dolly's ear that he would call on the morrow, in case there should happen to be an answer to the note--which, indeed, she knew without his telling, as Barnaby and his friend Grip had dropped in on the previous night to prepare her for the visit which was then terminating.
And then he made a great many other remarks, no less illustrative
of his humility, which were received with equal favour and applause, and were, withal, as original and as much to the purpose, as the remarks of great men commonly are.
Dowler related a variety of anecdotes, all illustrative
of his own personal prowess and desperation, and appealed to Mrs.
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In order to highlight the importance of Rashid Centre, a 19-year-old student has taken up the challenge to publish an illustrative
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