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It was much easier to chat than to study; much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet's fortune, than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts; and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present, the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life, was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with, into a thin quarto of hotpressed paper, made up by her friend, and ornamented with ciphers and trophies.
Then they told her that they had become the servants of the Dragon for seven long years, and how he had given them money as plentifully as blackberries; but as they had signed their names they were his, unless when the seven years had passed they could guess a riddle.
When, at length, we had concluded our examination, and the intense excitement of the time had, in some measure, subsided, Legrand, who saw that I was dying with impatience for a solution of this most extraordinary riddle, entered into a full detail of all the circumstances connected with it.
I hope that I am right in this supposition; for upon it I build my expectation of reading the entire riddle.
Of course, the relations between the pair had, from the first, been a riddle to me--they had been so ever since I had first made their acquaintance.
That's the other end of the riddle," Sophie whispered, when he saw her that evening.
Day after day his pulses had throbbed with feverish blood at the improbable idea of an interview with Beatrice, and of standing with her, face to face, in this very garden, basking in the Oriental sunshine of her beauty, and snatching from her full gaze the mystery which he deemed the riddle of his own existence.
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
It is a riddle which shares with the universe the merit of having no answer.
He offered it as a solution of the riddle, and mysteriously he stated that it was no answer at all unless you found it out for yourself.
In fact, the daylight which had just been admitted to the last compartments had exposed to the soldiers the bark being rolled towards the sea, the two rebels within musket-shot; and one of their discharges would riddle the boat if it did not kill the navigators.
Arriving at Thebes he answered the riddle of the Sphinx and the grateful Thebans made their deliverer king.