My second maxim was to be as firm and resolute in my actions as I was able, and not to adhere less steadfastly to the most doubtful opinions, when once adopted, than if they had been highly certain; imitating
in this the example of travelers who, when they have lost their way in a forest, ought not to wander from side to side, far less remain in one place, but proceed constantly towards the same side in as straight a line as possible, without changing their direction for slight reasons, although perhaps it might be chance alone which at first determined the selection; for in this way, if they do not exactly reach the point they desire, they will come at least in the end to some place that will probably be preferable to the middle of a forest.
At these words, which were the preconcerted signal for action, the Isosceles Convicts fell on and transfixed the wretched Chromatistes; the Regular Classes, opening their ranks, made way for a band of Women who, under direction of the Circles, moved, back foremost, invisibly and unerringly upon the unconscious soldiers; the Artisans, imitating
the example of their betters, also opened their ranks.
For its part, the narwhal, imitating
the frigate, let the waves rock it at will, and seemed decided not to leave the scene of the struggle.
At once a quaintly pretty little figure in chequered purple and white followed my gesture, and then astonished me by imitating
the sound of thunder.
Con- trasting vividly with this ruin was the neat dresser, stained in the fashion, pale green, and with a number of copper and tin vessels below it, the wallpaper imitating
blue and white tiles, and a couple of coloured supplements fluttering from the walls above the kitchen range.
Does not your Eminence fear that the punishment inflicted upon Ravaillac may deter anyone who might entertain the idea of imitating
Ali sprung forwards, imitating
the action of one throwing the lasso, then of a strangled lion.
The crowd gave place, the barricade was opened, and the marshal, with the remnant of his company, retreated, preceded by Friquet and his bandits, some of them making a presence of beating drums and others imitating
the sound of the trumpet.
This handkerchief cost ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, Clara," said Eudosia, deliberately and with emphasis, imitating
, as near as possible, the tone of Bobbinet & Co.
This ignorant but vicious creature approached the dog, imitating
the actions and sounds of its parent, but exhibiting a strange mixture of the playfulness of a kitten with the ferocity of its race.
Monk had just declared himself in favor of the liberty of the Rump Parliament, a parliament which General Lambert, imitating
Cromwell, whose lieutenant he had been, had just blocked up so closely, in order to bring it to his will, that no member, during all the blockade, was able to go out, and only one, Peter Wentworth, had been able to get in.
Ginevra, who possessed a special talent for imitating
old paintings, took up the business of copying, and soon found many customers among the picture-dealers.