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Children stopping before the cage are fascinated, men turn away with an air of disgust, and women linger for a moment, trying per- haps to remember which one of their male acquain- tances the thing in some faint way resembles.
Ancient hauberk, date of the sixth century, time of King Arthur and the Round Table; said to have belonged to the knight Sir Sagramor le Desirous; ob- serve the round hole through the chain-mail in the left breast; can't be accounted for; supposed to have been done with a bullet since invention of firearms -- per- haps maliciously by Cromwell's soldiers.
The youthful lieutenant was per- haps the last man in the disordered mass.
His heart burned for the foray, the ambush, the skirmish, the scamper, and all the haps and hazards of roving and predatory warfare.
But the poor fellow shall have two shots at the turkey, if he wants it, for I’ll give him another shilling myself; though, per haps, I had better offer to shoot for him.
It was the shock of this disappointment, per- haps, coming soon after the loss of his wife, that had driven him crazy on that point," the barber suggested, with an air of great psychological in- sight.
But although he was in port, and precisely because he was in port, he never recalled without disquiet the varied haps of his political career, so long uneasy and laborious.
And per- haps in this is the whole difference; perhaps all the wis- dom, and all truth, and all sincerity, are just compressed into that inappreciable moment of time in which we step over the threshold of the invisible.
I had till then supposed they had been starving in boats or on a raft--or per haps on a barren rock.
It is time for them to give the answers, but instead they are asking me to give an account of my work.
They claimed following the meeting that Mr Mitchell had refused to give an account of his altercation with officers at the gates of Downing Street in the previous month.
4 : a statement of explanation or of reasons or causes <You'll be asked to give an account of your actions.