If the guillotine, as applied to office-holders, were a literal fact, instead of one of the most apt
of metaphors, it is my sincere belief that the active members of the victorious party were sufficiently excited to have chopped off all our heads, and have thanked Heaven for the opportunity
His appearance, therefore, is apt
to occasion some little stir at the tea-table of a farmhouse, and the addition of a supernumerary dish of cakes or sweetmeats, or, peradventure, the parade of a silver teapot.
Well, sir," he said, touching his cap, "I'll do so if you please, sir; but it is rather dangerous, sir, throwing down water in a horse's box; they are very apt
to take cold, sir.
If one of them be a minute late, he will be docked an hour's pay, and if he be many minutes late, he will be apt
to find his brass check turned to the wall, which will send him out to join the hungry mob that waits every morning at the gates of the packing houses, from six o'clock until nearly half-past eight.
But as it is a tale which he is not acquainted with, and can only find out what it is by listening as it goes along telling itself, it is more than apt
to go on and on and on till it spreads itself into a book.
When I thought of that I sat stiller than ever, hardly daring to turn over the pages of Apuleius, which I had taken from my knapsack to beguile the time, and, I confess, to give my eyes some other occupation than the dangerous one of gazing upon her face, dangerous in more ways than one, but particularly dangerous at the moment, because, as everybody knows, a steady gaze on a sleeping face is apt
to awake the sleeper.
Neither shall I disown, that in speaking I am apt
to fall into the voice and manner of the HOUYHNHNMS, and hear myself ridiculed on that account, without the least mortification.
Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt
to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question.
It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt
to be diminished than promoted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it.
The shapes of the famous persons who once sat in the chair will be more apt
to come back, and be seen among us, in this glimmer and pleasant gloom, than they would in the vulgar daylight.
In equipping the two kinds of trappers, the Creole and Canadian are apt
to prefer the light fusee; the American always grasps his rifle; he despises what he calls the "shot-gun.
As unbidden guests are apt
to do, they often come at inconvenient times.