Raoul, following his friend, cajoled the women who admired his beauty, pushed back the men who felt the rigidity
of his muscles, and both opened, thanks to these maneuvers, the compact and muddy tide of the populace.
It is such grim, stony beings as these, I thought, who are the fathers of ancient faded children, in those tanned time-fretted dwellings that crowd the steep before me; who pay their court in the worn and crumbling pomp of the palace which stretches its monotonous length on the height; who worship wearily in the stifling air of the churches, urged by no fear or hope, but compelled by their doom to be ever old and undying, to live on in the rigidity
of habit, as they live on in perpetual midday, without the repose of night or the new birth of morning.
Moreover, the flower of an ancient stem as he was, tradition (since I have used the word) had in his temperament nothing of disagreeable rigidity
vanished like a flake of snow in the sunshine.
It was only after much trouble that we succeeded in laying bare some portions of the temporal muscle which appeared of less stony rigidity
than other parts of the frame, but which, as we had anticipated, of course, gave no indication of galvanic susceptibility when brought in contact with the wire.
It seemed to be of an unnatural color, and to have a strange rigidity
about the features.
The room was almost dark, but in the obscurity he saw her sitting by the window, bolt upright, and knew by the rigidity
of the outline projected against the pane that she had not taken off her travelling dress.
Archer contemplated with awe the two slender faded figures, seated side by side in a kind of viceregal rigidity
, mouthpieces of some remote ancestral authority which fate compelled them to wield, when they would so much rather have lived in simplicity and seclusion, digging invisible weeds out of the perfect lawns of Skuytercliff, and playing Patience together in the evenings.
Bagnet with the warmest enthusiasm, though without relaxing the rigidity
of a single muscle.
In these architectures it seems as though the rigidity
of the dogma had spread over the stone like a sort of second petrifaction.
They were shown into the drawing-room; it was filled with massive, ugly furniture, and the chairs of the suite were placed round the walls with a forbidding rigidity
In my own mind I had determined that if I were sure, from the rigidity
of his gaze, that it had caught his eye, I would at once spring out, throw my great coat over his head, pinion him, and leave the rest to Holmes.