Perhaps you could pass through a locked door of skeel as easily as he performs
seemingly more impossible feats.
An Englishman performs
some terrifically heroic exploit, and is very modest and reserved--refuses to talk about it at all--and the effect is that by his silence he as much as says, 'I do things like this every day.
We may put a bold front on it, but everything is against us, although the army still performs
prodigies of valor.
Is he a strong man that overcomes great obstacles and performs
surprising achievements, though by dint of great muscular exertion, and at the risk of some subsequent fatigue, or he that sits in his chair all day, with nothing to do more laborious than stirring the fire, and carrying his food to his mouth?
Genius watches the monad through all his masks as he performs
the metempsychosis of nature.
Tacit obedience implies no force upon the will, and consequently may be easily, and without any pains, preserved; but when a wife, a child, a relation, or a friend, performs
what we desire, with grumbling and reluctance, with expressions of dislike and dissatisfaction, the manifest difficulty which they undergo must greatly enhance the obligation.
Elliotson, despises pain, reads with the back of his head, sees miles off, looks into next week, and performs
other wonders, of which, in his own private normal condition, he is quite incapable; so you see, in the affairs of the world and under the magnetism of friendships, the modest man becomes bold, the shy confident, the lazy active, or the impetuous prudent and peaceful.
I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if anyone performs
an act of kindness towards him or does him the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.
He did not do himself the justice to recollect that he had had a singularly strenuous day, and that it is Nature's business, which she performs
quietly and unromantically, to send sleep to tired men regardless of their private feelings; and it was in a mood of dissatisfaction with the quality of his soul that he left his room.
It is still possible to believe that the attorney was not more guilty toward him than an ingenious machine, which performs
its work with much regularity, is guilty toward the rash man who, venturing too near it, is caught up by some fly-wheel or other, and suddenly converted into unexpected mince-meat.
Most of the characters that perform
in this book still live, and are prosperous and happy.
The trifling responsibility of finding a name for our talented Magdalen to perform
under has been cast on my shoulders.