Well, my child," she said smilingly, "your friends were wrong and you were right; judged by the proper tests
, they are pretty bad.
Then this hard-drawn wire was put to a severe test
by being strung between Boston and New York.
She employed her mind on setting traps for her possible lovers, in order to test
their real sentiments.
I thought you--you didn't care for me any more, and I was miserable, and I wrote to the paper and asked what should I do, and they said I ought to test
you and try and make you jealous, and that that would relieve my apprehensions.
The clerk spent every morning in the wards, first in the men's, then in the women's, with the house-physician; he wrote up cases, made tests
, and passed the time of day with the nurses.
Whereas Fever had obscure conditions, and gave him that delightful labor of the imagination which is not mere arbitrariness, but the exercise of disciplined power--combining and constructing with the clearest eye for probabilities and the fullest obedience to knowledge; and then, in yet more energetic alliance with impartial Nature, standing aloof to invent tests
by which to try its own work.
Ward describes so sympathetically, with fitting dignity and truth of style, has accompanied the author throughout; no less plain, perhaps more pleasing to some readers, is the quiet humour which never fails her, and tests
, while it relieves, the sincerity of her more serious thinking:--
So he ordered Lamai forthright down to live in the youths' canoe house, there to begin his novitiate in the long series of tasks, tests
and ceremonies that would graduate him into the bachelors' canoe house and half way along toward being a recognized man.
An Entertainment was added, comprising those merciless tests
of human endurance called Recitations; light refreshments and musical performances being distributed at intervals, to encourage the exhausted audience.
To her mystic view, the love union between Mary and me was something too sacred and too beautiful to be tried by the mean and matter-of-fact tests
set up by society.
I can tell you, as a medical man, that a proportion, and not by any means a small one, of the young men who are now putting themselves to violent athletic tests
of their strength and endurance, are taking that course to the serious and permanent injury of their own health.
But we never know what tests
our gifts may be put to.