The word suited the author's purpose in two material respects, for, first, it had an ancient English sound; and secondly
, it conveyed no indication whatever of the nature of the story.
Thus N, shall signify a plot; B, a regiment of horse; L, a fleet at sea; or, secondly
, by transposing the letters of the alphabet in any suspected paper, they can lay open the deepest designs of a discontented party.
First, because I'm on the same side of the door as you are; secondly
, because they're making such a noise inside, no one could possibly hear you.
The present consisted of a vase carved from a single ruby, six inches high and as thick as my finger; this was filled with the choicest pearls, large, and of perfect shape and lustre; secondly
, a huge snake skin, with scales as large as a sequin, which would preserve from sickness those who slept upon it.
The youth immediately resolved to follow the birds to the spring, only two things made him uneasy: first, lest he might be asleep when the birds went, and secondly
, lest he might lose sight of them, since he had not wings to carry him along so swiftly.
This book, gossip, is of authority for two reasons, first because it is very good, and secondly
because it is said to have been written by a wise and witty king of Portugal.
, there are the professed accusers, who are but the mouth-piece of the others.
And he who disobeys us is, as we maintain, thrice wrong: first, because in disobeying us he is disobeying his parents; secondly
, because we are the authors of his education; thirdly, because he has made an agreement with us that he will duly obey our commands; and he neither obeys them nor convinces us that our commands are unjust; and we do not rudely impose them, but give him the alternative of obeying or convincing us;--that is what we offer, and he does neither.
, that there would be no temptation to violate the Constitution in favor of the landed class, because that class would, in the natural course of things, enjoy as great a preponderancy as itself could desire.
The two great points of difference between a democracy and a republic are: first, the delegation of the government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest; secondly
, the greater number of citizens, and greater sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended.
If my poor Flatland friend retained the vigour of mind which he enjoyed when he began to compose these Memoirs, I should not now need to represent him in this preface, in which he desires, firstly, to return his thanks to his readers and critics in Spaceland, whose appreciation has, with unexpected celerity, required a second edition of his work; secondly
, to apologize for certain errors and misprints (for which, however, he is not entirely responsible); and, thirdly, to explain one or two misconceptions.
In respect of military method, we have, firstly, Measurement; secondly
, Estimation of quantity; thirdly, Calculation; fourthly, Balancing of chances; fifthly, Victory.