Moonlight, in a familiar room, falling so white upon the carpet, and showing all its figures so distinctly -- making every object so minutely visible, yet so unlike a morning or noontide visibility -- is a medium
the most suitable for a romance-writer to get acquainted with his illusive guests.
It was a strange figure -- like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium
, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions.
This is a prodigious security against a direct contraband with foreign countries; but a circuitous contraband to one State, through the medium
of another, would be both easy and safe.
Besides the obscurity arising from the complexity of objects, and the imperfection of the human faculties, the medium
through which the conceptions of men are conveyed to each other adds a fresh embarrassment.
It is the universal language of Mars, through the medium
of which the higher and lower animals of this world of paradoxes are able to communicate to a greater or less extent, depending upon the intellectual sphere of the species and the development of the individual.
And the sea is precisely their best vehicle, the only medium
through which these giants (against which terrestrial animals, such as elephants or rhinoceroses, are as nothing) can be produced or developed.
They differ, however, from one: another in three respects,--the medium
, the objects, the manner or mode of imitation, being in each case distinct.
These disorders of the circulating medium
were a source of endless plague and perplexity to the rulers and legislators, not only in Governor Belcher's days, but for many years before and afterwards.
Money then being established as the necessary medium
of exchange, another species of money-getting spon took place, namely, by buying and selling, at probably first in a simple manner, afterwards with more skill and experience, where and how the greatest profits might be made.