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Old Mazey chuckled, winked, and shook his knotty forefinger at Magdalen, impressively.
The knotty point was, however, soon decided; and, on the appointed day, the brotherhood marched in great state, displaying sundry banners and mysterious symbols, each man with a little mimic apron before him, from a most cunningly contrived apartment in the garret of the “Bold Dragoon,” an inn kept by one Captain Hollister, to the site of the intended edifice.
How she had happened to disappear, and who had supplied her place, and whence she did now return, were problems too knotty for me to solve.
As for the passions, and studies of the mind; avoid envy, anxious fears; anger fretting inwards; subtle and knotty inquisitions; joys and exhilarations in excess; sadness not communicated.
The very learned gentleman who has cooled the natural heat of his gingery complexion in pools and fountains of law until he has become great in knotty arguments for term-time, when he poses the drowsy bench with legal "chaff," inexplicable to the uninitiated and to most of the initiated too, is roaming, with a characteristic delight in aridity and dust, about Constantinople.
It is but a superficial mode of examining into this question to begin with the place and the people; for it may happen that these may be divided from that, or that some one of them may live in one place, and some in another (but this question may be regarded as no very knotty one; for, as a city may acquire that appellation on many accounts, it may be solved many ways); and in like manner, when men inhabit one common place, when shall we say that they inhabit the same city, or that the city is the same?
It was a knotty point, but I made up my mind that we must risk it and use the expresses.
said D'Artagnan, "this ought to be the knotty point of the whole thing; they want a pattern of each of the materials.
So simple were the poor boy's words, and so deep his sorrow, that even Little John felt a certain knotty lump rise in his throat.
He held himself slightly bent, the two hands held forth, one over the other, on the knob of a knotty staff, highly polished.
The sawdust was made from hard knots, and now the Sawhorse is able to think out any knotty problem he meets with.
He rolled his knotty eyes from side to side, taking a first wondering view of the world in which he had now so important an existence.