The allusion in the Crito may, perhaps, be adduced as a further evidence of the literal
accuracy of some parts.
This would be to admit that they might be kept up IN TIME OF PEACE, against threatening or impending danger, which would be at once to deviate from the literal
meaning of the prohibition, and to introduce an extensive latitude of construction.
Such efforts at conversation won her the appellation of "that good Mademoiselle Cormon," which, from the lips of the beaux esprits of society, means that she was as ignorant as a carp, and rather a poor fool; but many persons of her own calibre took the remark in its literal
sense, and answered:--
Moreover a blunt and stolid regard for literal
truth indisposes them to make those lavish promises by which the more judicious Circle can in a moment pacify his consort.
He professed to have received it at one or two removes from an eye-witness; but this derivation, together with the lapse of time, must have afforded opportunities for many variations of the narrative; so that despairing of literal
and absolute truth, I have not scrupled to make such further changes as seemed conducive to the reader's profit and delight.
They believed in present miracles, in instantaneous conversions, in revelations by dreams and visions; they drew lots, and sought for Divine guidance by opening the Bible at hazard; having a literal
way of interpreting the Scriptures, which is not at all sanctioned by approved commentators; and it is impossibie for me to represent their diction as correct, or their instruction as liberal.
But I hold that Christians are freed from the literal
observance of the Fourth Commandment.
This passage, which is cited as an almost literal
translation from the original, I found in a small volume entitled
As this work professes, in its title-page, to be a descriptive tale, they who will take the trouble to read it may be glad to know how much of its contents is literal
fact, and how much is intended to represent a general picture.
Tristram told you the literal
truth," he went on; "I want very much to know you.
He had an earnest artless literal
way of putting such a question as that; you could see from it that he was very thorough.
When I say, therefore, that Mycroft has better powers of observation than I, you may take it that I am speaking the exact and literal