Not but that there are even now some particular magistrates invested with supreme power to decide, as judges, those things which the law cannot, as being one of those cases which comes not properly under its jurisdiction; for of those which can there is no doubt: since then laws comprehend some things, but not all, it is necessary to enquire and consider which of the two is preferable
, that the best man or the best law should govern; for to reduce every subject which can come under the deliberation of man into a law is impossible.
We had the whole passenger list for company, but their room would have been preferable
, for there was no light, there were no windows, no ventilation.
Thou hast chosen death; it seemed to thee a preferable
gift to life.
Such were Dimmler the musician and his wife, Vogel the dancing master and his family, Belova, an old maiden lady, an inmate of the house, and many others such as Petya's tutors, the girls' former governess, and other people who simply found it preferable
and more advantageous to live in the count's house than at home.
a low Grecian brow, and large black eyes devoid of sentiment would be esteemed far preferable
At any rate, he decided, it would be preferable
to perish on the way than to remain indefinitely upon this evidently uncharted island to which no ships might ever be expected to come.
Though unknown dangers lurked in the black and uncanny depths of the dismal forest, would not death in any form be far preferable
to the hideous fate which awaited her in the person of the bestial Malay pirate?
It is even probable that, if Cornelius had obtained his full liberty, with permission to go wherever he liked, the prison, with Rosa and his bulbs, would have appeared to him preferable
to any other habitation in the world without Rosa and his bulbs.
We can't have the man on horseback, and anything is preferable
to the timid swine that now rule.
A Carpenter, with equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable
method of defense.
darn please,' and 'cut your cable' is decidedly preferable
to 'let her rip.
Alleyne, wretchedly ill and weak, with his head still ringing from the blow which he had received, crawled up upon deck, Water-swept and aslant, it was preferable
to the noisome, rat-haunted dungeons which served as cabins.