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The age of thumbscrews and the rack was, after all, a very virile age.
He was finding speech, and all the beauty and wonder that had been pent for years behind his inarticulate lips was now pouring forth in a wild and virile flood.
and similar unthinkably better and wiser and more virile congregating-places, that will receive the men who now go to saloons to find themselves and one another.
A defacin' me walls," cried Patsy, at the same time emitting a string of vivid and vile, rather than virile, epithets of opprobrium.
His virile courage and optimism are as pronounced as those of Browning; he wrote a noteworthy 'Essay on Comedy' and oftentimes insists on emphasizing the comic rather than the tragic aspect of things, though he can also be powerful in tragedy; and his enthusiasms for the beauty of the world and for the romance of youthful love are delightful.
The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow -- one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness, and a manifest lack of intellect and cheerful self-reliance; whose first and chief concern, on coming into the world, is to see that the almshouses are in good repair; and, before yet he has lawfully donned the virile garb, to collect a fund for the support of the widows and orphans that may be; who, in short ventures to live only by the aid of the Mutual Insurance company, which has promised to bury him decently.
Yet there was nothing finicky about their politeness: it had the Public School touch, and, though sedulous, was virile.
My virile food taketh effect, my strong and savoury sayings: and verily, I did not nourish them with flatulent vegetables
And this worthy woman was so grateful for the kindness of Rebecca in the matter, and for that of her generous benefactor, the Colonel, that she went out and spent a great part of her half-year's dividend in the purchase of a black velvet coat for little Rawdon, who, by the way, was grown almost too big for black velvet now, and was of a size and age befitting him for the assumption of the virile jacket and pantaloons.
And sadly, there is no shortage of individuals who are all too willing to believe, buy and use these products in the hope that they will live longer, be healthier, be more virile, or can turn back the biological clock.
This is an opportunity to catch three of America's mightiest improvisers at the virile peak of their powers.
Set against a haunting score for string quartet and performed by a virile ensemble who bring an exhilarating physical power to these familiar characters.