It was this indefinable peculiarity
, perhaps, that, by insulating them from human aid, kept them always so unfortunate in life.
He had that kind of shallow black eye - I want a better word to express an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into - which, when it is abstracted, seems from some peculiarity
of light to be disfigured, for a moment at a time, by a cast.
Wopsle's great-aunt's, with the pleasanter peculiarity
that it seemed to come through a keyhole.
But much more frequently the same capacity which carries a man to popularity in one department will obtain for him success in another, and that must be more particularly the case in literary composition, than either in acting or painting, because the adventurer in that department is not impeded in his exertions by any peculiarity
of features, or conformation of person, proper for particular parts, or, by any peculiar mechanical habits of using the pencil, limited to a particular class of subjects.
The heat of the sun, however it may contribute to their colour, is not the only reason of it; there is some peculiarity
in the temper and constitution of their bodies, since the same men, transported into cooler climates, produce children very near as black as themselves.
The main peculiarity
in Holland is that there is no national plan, but rather a patchwork, that resembles Joseph's coat of many colors.
They are kept together by the peculiarity
of their topographical position; by their individual weakness and insignificancy; by the fear of powerful neighbors, to one of which they were formerly subject; by the few sources of contention among a people of such simple and homogeneous manners; by their joint interest in their dependent possessions; by the mutual aid they stand in need of, for suppressing insurrections and rebellions, an aid expressly stipulated and often required and afforded; and by the necessity of some regular and permanent provision for accomodating disputes among the cantons.
But it is superfluous to try, by the standard of theory, a part of the Constitution which is allowed on all hands to be the result, not of theory, but "of a spirit of amity, and that mutual deference and concession which the peculiarity
of our political situation rendered indispensable.
Again he climbed the rocky height he had ascended the previous evening, and strained his view to catch every peculiarity
of the landscape; but it wore the same wild, barren aspect when seen by the rays of the morning sun which it had done when surveyed by the fading glimmer of eve.
He who, she had been persuaded, would avoid her as his greatest enemy, seemed, on this accidental meeting, most eager to preserve the acquaintance, and without any indelicate display of regard, or any peculiarity
of manner, where their two selves only were concerned, was soliciting the good opinion of her friends, and bent on making her known to his sister.
The hurry, confusion, and excitement connected with the embarkation had scarcely subsided, when the Provincials were appalled by the work of their own hands The novelty and peculiarity
of their situation could not but force itself upon the attention of even the unreflecting soldiery; stationed in the midst of a beautiful and fertile country, they suddenly found themselves without a foe to subdue, and without a population to protect.
He took only two hundred pounds of ballast for "unforeseen emergencies," as he remarked, since otherwise he did not expect to use any, thanks to the peculiarity
of his apparatus.