The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency
in whist implies capacity for success in all those more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind.
nine rupees, eight annas) for proficiency
therein; and the same term played in St Xavier's eleven against the Alighur Mohammedan College, his age being fourteen years and ten months.
It was not his cue to appear at all conscious of the high honor he thus unexpectedly enjoyed; but, by leading his guest into the conversation, to elicit some important ethical ideas, which might, in obtaining a place in his contemplated publication, enlighten the human race, and at the same time immortalize himself - ideas which, I should have added, his visitor's great age, and well-known proficiency
in the science of morals, might very well have enabled him to afford.
Writing and accounts she was taught by her father; French by her mother: her proficiency
in either was not remarkable, and she shirked her lessons in both whenever she could.
Lastly, I have scarcely spoken of the domestic and family customs of the Kukuanas, many of which are exceedingly quaint, or of their proficiency
in the art of smelting and welding metals.
The years during which he was struggling to acquire proficiency
in a difficult art were monotonous, and I do not know that there was anything significant in the shifts to which he was put to earn enough money to keep him.
The triumph of Pitman was a triumph of business organization: there was a weekly paper to persuade you to learn Pitman: there were cheap textbooks and exercise books and transcripts of speeches for you to copy, and schools where experienced teachers coached you up to the necessary proficiency
At first he lost nearly every bolt he shot, but finally he learned to guide the little shafts with fair accuracy, and ere a month had passed he was no mean shot; but his proficiency
had cost him nearly his entire supply of arrows.
You are aware that I have some proficiency
in the good old British sport of boxing.
Still, she reflected, these sorts of skill are almost exclusively masculine; women neither practice them nor know how to value them; and one's husband's proficiency
in this direction might legitimately increase one's respect for him, since mystification is no bad basis for respect.
Few red men are good shots, for the sword is their chosen weapon; so now as the Dusarian drew bead upon the rising flier, and touched the button upon his rifle's stock, it was more to chance than proficiency
that he owed the partial success of his aim.
For music and singing, besides my occasional instructions, she had the attendance of the best master the country afforded; and in these accomplishments, as well as in dancing, she certainly attained great proficiency