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Again the by-gone time looked back in mockery. Again the voices of the past came to me with their burden of reproach: See what your life was once!
No, the idea of mockery was far from me; I only meant to praise you.
Yes, nature is full of mockery! Why"--he continued with sudden warmth--"does she create the choicest beings only to mock at them?
And the bitter mockery of it--all this was punishment for him!
It was a sham and a loathsome mockery. There was no justice, there was no right, anywhere in it--it was only force, it was tyranny, the will and the power, reckless and unrestrained!
But she divined the mockery in Wolf Larsen's words, and again favoured me with a sympathetic glance.
The cold stars shone in mockery, and the bare trees waved their branches above me; now and then the sweet voice of a bird burst forth amidst the universal stillness.
The labours I endured were no longer to be alleviated by the bright sun or gentle breezes of spring; all joy was but a mockery which insulted my desolate state and made me feel more painfully that I was not made for the enjoyment of pleasure.
"No mockery at all," I answer: "Madam, a person said to be your husband (identity is difficult of proof after the lapse of many years) is in prison, his life in peril--the charge against him, murder.
The hair, stirred by the damp breeze, played in a kind of mockery of death--such a mockery as the dead man himself would have delighted in when alive--about its head, and its dress fluttered idly in the night wind.
"They're here, they're here, you little wretches," I would have cried, "and you can't deny it now!" The little wretches denied it with all the added volume of their sociability and their tenderness, in just the crystal depths of which-- like the flash of a fish in a stream--the mockery of their advantage peeped up.
This development has invited criticism from the opposition parties who considered it unconstitutional and mockery of the parliament.