It must have been soon after the completion
of 'Omoo' that Melville began to study the writings of Sir Thomas Browne.
This little circumstance seemed the completion
of all that had gone before.
The movements of the other women were more or less similar to Tess's, the whole bevy of them drawing together like dancers in a quadrille at the completion
of a sheaf by each, every one placing her sheaf on end against those of the rest, till a shock, or "stitch" as it was here called, of ten or a dozen was formed.
His visits to the newcomer's studio began again, and Beverley's picture, now nearing completion
, came in for criticism enough to have filled a volume.
Guppy, in a great perspiration, nerves himself to the hasty completion
of the taking down of the Galaxy Gallery, concluding with Lady Dedlock.
She had found some acquaintance, had been so lucky too as to find in them the family of a most worthy old friend; and, as the completion
of good fortune, had found these friends by no means so expensively dressed as herself.
Even now the low islands which dotted the broad stream were choked with the skeletons and half devoured carcasses of those who, through fear or a sudden awakening to the truth, had halted almost at the completion
of their journey.
There is then in all persons a natural impetus to associate with each other in this manner, and he who first founded civil society was the cause of the greatest good; for as by the completion
of it man is the most excellent of all living beings, so without law and justice he would be the worst of all, for nothing is so difficult to subdue as injustice in arms: but these arms man is born with, namely, prudence and valour, which he may apply to the most opposite purposes, for he who abuses them will be the most wicked, the most cruel, the most lustful, and most gluttonous being imaginable; for justice is a political virtue, by the rules of it the state is regulated, and these rules are the criterion of what is right.
A plentiful fortune is reckoned necessary, in the popular judgment, to the completion
of this man of the world; and it is a material deputy which walks through the dance which the first has led.
I had the feeling that he worked on a canvas with all the force of his violent personality, oblivious of everything in his effort to get what he saw with the mind's eye; and then, having finished, not the picture perhaps, for I had an idea that he seldom brought anything to completion
, but the passion that fired him, he lost all care for it.
Moreover, the author cannot comprehend how fresh developments could be added to a work of this character after its completion
Whatever happened to him now would be one more motive to add to the complexity of the pattern, and when the end approached he would rejoice in its completion