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He comes here at the peril of his life, for the realization of his fixed idea.
But he was busy with his fixed idea and uttered an awfully equable "But you don't
No one in London knew positively of the nature of the armoured Martians, and there was still a fixed idea that these monsters must be sluggish: "crawling," "creeping painfully" --such expressions occurred in almost all the earlier reports.
I suppose you know that the world is selfish, I mean the majority of the people in it, often unconsciously I must admit, and especially people with a mission, with a fixed idea, with some fantastic object in view, or even with only some fantastic illusion.
Possessed in his jealousy by the fixed idea that Wrayburn was in the secret, if it were not altogether of his contriving, Bradley was as confident of getting the better of him at last by sullenly sticking to him, as he would have been--and often had been--of mastering any piece of study in the way of his vocation, by the like slow persistent process.
As we went, however, in her gondola, gliding there under the sociable hood with the bright Venetian picture framed on either side by the movable window, I could see that she was amused by my infatuation, the way my interest in the papers had become a fixed idea.
At this period in the progress of our race a very large proportion of the young men who went to school or to college did so with the expressed determination to prepare themselves to be great lawyers, or Congressmen, and many of the women planned to become music teachers; but I had a reasonably fixed idea, even at that early period in my life, that there was a need for something to be done to prepare the way for successful lawyers, Congressmen, and music teachers.
The crocodile was among those who heard the sound, and it followed him, though whether with the purpose of regaining what it had lost, or merely as a friend under the belief that it was again ticking itself, will never be certainly known, for, like slaves to a fixed idea, it was a stupid beast.
It was this fixed idea which returned incessantly, which tortured him, which ate into his brain, and rent his vitals.
Jo Foster, the IET's diversity and inclusion manager, said: "These outdated and fixed ideas of what a 'typical engineer' looks like are damaging to the industry, especially when the significant shortage of engineers in the UK is posing a serious threat to the economy.
YOUNGSTERS have a habit of developing very fixed ideas about what they will and won't eat - and this fun book aimed at pre-schoolers demonstrates it perfectly.
She had very fixed ideas about how I should look and about what was good for me.