Your indifference is half affectation, and a good stirring up would prove
Monsieur de Montcalm pledges his word for our safety, and I have ordered the men to withdraw a little, in order to prove
how much we depend on his assurance.
They were chatting and laughing very pleasantly together; and--as proves
to be often the case, at moments when we ought to palpitate with sensibility--Clifford and Hepzibah bade a final farewell to the abode of their forefathers, with hardly more emotion than if they had made it their arrangement to return thither at tea-time.
But deeds must prove
it also; and after he is well, remember you don't forget resolutions formed in the hour of fear.
Therefore to mee thir doom he hath assig'n'd; That they may have thir wish, to trie with mee In Battel which the stronger proves
, they all, Or I alone against them, since by strength They measure all, of other excellence Not emulous, nor care who them excells; Nor other strife with them do I voutsafe.
I have now received a reply from those gentlemen to my letter asking for an explanation, and this reply proves
that you know all about my Memorandum-Book and, consequently, that you are treating me with outrageous contempt.
Moreover, the generous use you make of your wealth proves
that you deserve it.
There is another custom amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband proves
false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
And this proves
not only that the brutes have less reason than man, but that they have none at all: for we see that very little is required to enable a person to speak; and since a certain inequality of capacity is observable among animals of the same species, as well as among men, and since some are more capable of being instructed than others, it is incredible that the most perfect ape or parrot of its species, should not in this be equal to the most stupid infant of its kind or at least to one that was crack-brained, unless the soul of brutes were of a nature wholly different from ours.
For example, when he says that it is absurd to suppose that one man is the corrupter and all the rest of the world the improvers of the youth; or, when he argues that he never could have corrupted the men with whom he had to live; or, when he proves
his belief in the gods because he believes in the sons of gods, is he serious or jesting?
This piece of history proves
at once the inefficiency of the union, the ambition and jealousy of its most powerful members, and the dependent and degraded condition of the rest.
The history, both of ancient and modern confederacies, proves
that the weaker members of the union ought not to be insensible to the policy of this article.