There was a great fire, and that was all the light in the huge apartment, whose floor had grown a uniform grey; and the once brilliant pewter-dishes, which used to attract my gaze when I was a girl, partook
of a similar obscurity, created by tarnish and dust.
Her complexion partook
of the pure monotony of tint which characterized her hair -- it was of the same soft, warm, creamy fairness all over, without a tinge of color in the cheeks, except on occasions of unusual bodily exertion or sudden mental disturbance.
Somehow, as I wrote to Agnes on a fine evening by my open window, and the remembrance of her clear calm eyes and gentle face came stealing over me, it shed such a peaceful influence upon the hurry and agitation in which I had been living lately, and of which my very happiness partook
in some degree, that it soothed me into tears.
All cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself suspicious: honest folk, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever--at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook
of the nature of conjuring.
The other appointments of the mansion partook
of the rude simplicity of the Saxon period, which Cedric piqued himself upon maintaining.
Though the ancient feudal systems were not, strictly speaking, confederacies, yet they partook
of the nature of that species of association.
To go to Colette's was to see life, indeed; it was wrong; it was against the laws; it partook
, in a very dingy manner, of adventure.