If the law allows an opulent citizen but a single vote in the choice of his representative, the respect and consequence which he derives from his fortunate situation very frequently guide the votes of others to the objects of his choice; and through this imperceptible
channel the rights of property are conveyed into the public representation.
These soldiers were, no doubt, the last comers of that crowd who, from the base of the hill of Studzianka to the fatal river, formed an ocean of heads intermingled with fires and huts,--a living sea, swayed by motions that were almost imperceptible
, and giving forth a murmuring sound that rose at times to frightful outbursts.
Perhaps he might have seemed deficient or incomplete to those who cannot conceive of genius without the sparkle of French passion; but he was powerful in the world of mind, and he was liable to reach, through a series of emotions imperceptible
to common souls, those sudden determinations which make fools say of a man, "He is mad.
Not a thing seemed to be stirring, but all to be grim and fixed as death or fate, so that a thin streak of white mist, that crept with almost imperceptible
slowness across the grass towards the house, seemed to have a sentience and a vitality of its own.
This vacuum economised the graphite points between which the luminous arc was developed--an important point of economy for Captain Nemo, who could not easily have replaced them; and under these conditions their waste was imperceptible
All the old constellations had gone from the sky, however: that slow movement which is imperceptible
in a hundred human lifetimes, had long since rearranged them in unfamiliar groupings.
Hence a very small animal organism cannot be beautiful; for the view of it is confused, the object being seen in an almost imperceptible
moment of time.
A second smile, almost imperceptible
, stole over the rosy lips of the pretty young woman.
At length one evening, as the jailer was visiting him for the last time that night, Dantes, with his ear for the hundredth time at the wall, fancied he heard an almost imperceptible
movement among the stones.
At last, he took a pencil and pointed out an imperceptible
black point in the scallops of an oval blotch, adding: "There it is.
The duke, in his turn, bowed, and an imperceptible
smile appeared on the face of Grimaud, who kept behind La Ramee.
At length the death-stricken old man lay quietly in the torpor of mental and bodily exhaustion, with an imperceptible
pulse, and breath that grew fainter and fainter, except when a long, deep, and irregular inspiration seemed to prelude the flight of his spirit.