The girl's words so inspired the Prince with confidence that he told her all his tale of woe, and ended up by asking her advice as to how he was to escape the punishment the Fairy would be sure to inflict
on him when she discovered that he had not cut down the trees in the wood and that he had broken her axe.
Not willingly would I inflict
,' Said Peter, 'on that noble heart One needless pang.
To destroy our malefactors piece-meal, drying up in their veins, drop by drop, the blood we are too chicken-hearted to shed by a single blow which would at once put a period to their sufferings, is deemed to be infinitely preferable to the old-fashioned punishment of gibbeting--much less annoying to the victim, and more in accordance with the refined spirit of the age; and yet how feeble is all language to describe the horrors we inflict
upon these wretches, whom we mason up in the cells of our prisons, and condemn to perpetual solitude in the very heart of our population.
Can you not conceive the Luxury of living in every distress that Poverty can inflict
, with the object of your tenderest affection?
Vernon's consciousness of deserving every sort of revenge that it can be in my power to inflict
for her ill-offices could alone enable her to perceive that I am actuated by any design in behaviour so gentle and unpretending.
He knew what a shock he would inflict
on his father and mother by the news of this loss, he knew what a relief it would be to escape it all, and felt that Dolokhov knew that he could save him from all this shame and sorrow, but wanted now to play with him as a cat does with a mouse.
Naturally superstitious, they fully believed that they had seen the disembodied spirit of the dead man, and now they cast fearful glances about them in expectation of the ghost's early return to the scene of the ruin they had inflicted
upon him during their recent raid upon his home, and discussed in affrighted whispers the probable nature of the vengeance which the spirit would inflict
upon them should he return to find them in possession of his gold.
de Thou, and other slovenly executed people, that the headsman might inflict
more than one stroke, that is to say, more than one martyrdom, on the poor tulip-fancier.
Any indignity that Villa Kennan chose to inflict
upon him he was throbbingly glad to receive, such as doubling his ears inside out till they stuck, at the same time making him sit upright, with helpless forefeet paddling the air for equilibrium, while she blew roguishly in his face and nostrils.
Out of this pack-persecution he learned two important things: how to take care of himself in a mass-fight against him--and how, on a single dog, to inflict
the greatest amount of damage in the briefest space of time.
I am in search of a man who has done me the cruelest wrong that one human creature can inflict
all this on you because once you said that life is sometimes life and sometimes only a drama, and one must learn to distinguish t'other from which, and up to now I have always put that down as 'Meg's clever nonsense.