There had been mad wilful rejections
, monstrous forms of self-torture and self-denial, whose origin was fear and whose result was a degradation infinitely more terrible than that fancied degradation from which, in their ignorance, they had sought to escape; Nature, in her wonderful irony, driving out the anchorite to feed with the wild animals of the desert and giving to the hermit the beasts of the field as his companions.
For an educated person's ideas of Art are drawn naturally from what Art has been, whereas the new work of art is beautiful by being what Art has never been; and to measure it by the standard of the past is to measure it by a standard on the rejection
of which its real perfection depends.
He had long been accustomed to apprehend a sudden acceptance, and had been in the habit of strictly guarding both his manner and his language, lest something that he did or said might justify expectations that would have been out of his power to fulfil; but now, when, for the first time, he had ventured a direct offer, he met with a rejection
that possessed all the characteristics of sincerity, he was, in truth, utterly astounded.
What a relief from his anxieties(and his wife's, too); and if I were to go further, if I even went so far as to hint at the fears which Rose had not been able to conceal from me, why then - I went on thinking coldly with a stoical rejection
of the most elementary faith in mankind's rectitude - why then, that accommodating husband would simply let the ominous messenger have his chance.
To Ethan there was something vaguely ominous in this stolid rejection
of free food and warmth, and he wondered what had happened on the drive to nerve Jotham to such stoicism.
The stranger only answered with another violent snort, whether in acceptance of the poetry-tribute or in disdainful rejection
of it, he did not express to me.
The affrighted Catherine, amidst all the terrors of expectation, as she listened to this account, could not but rejoice in the kind caution with which Henry had saved her from the necessity of a conscientious rejection
, by engaging her faith before he mentioned the subject; and as he proceeded to give the particulars, and explain the motives of his father's conduct, her feelings soon hardened into even a triumphant delight.
Coutras shrugged his shoulders, and after a moment's rejection
He now understood for the first time all the cruelty of his rejection
of her, the cruelty of his rupture with her.
She drafted passages to suit either case, and then liked each so well that she could not decide upon the rejection
said Fred, to the servant who brought in coffee and buttered toast; while he walked round the table surveying the ham, potted beef, and other cold remnants, with an air of silent rejection
, and polite forbearance from signs of disgust.
I was in the mean time printing the material of Venetian Life and the Italian Journeys in a Boston newspaper after its rejection
by the magazines; and my literary life, almost without my willing it, had taken the course of critical observance of books and men in their actuality.