Herdsmen, I say, but they call themselves the believers
in the orthodox belief.
Educated himself under the dominion of a simple and rational faith, in which nothing is attempted to be concealed from the believers
, he could have no other apprehensions for the fate of Inez than such as grew out of his knowledge of the superstitious opinions she entertained of his own church.
They who strew the Eternal Path with the greatest amount of brimstone, and who most ruthlessly tread down the flowers and leaves that grow by the wayside, will be voted the most righteous; and they who enlarge with the greatest pertinacity on the difficulty of getting into heaven, will be considered by all true believers
certain of going there: though it would be hard to say by what process of reasoning this conclusion is arrived at.
The matter-of-fact and doubtful folks, of whom there were a few among the Maypole customers, as unluckily there always are in every little community, were inclined to look upon this tradition as rather apocryphal; but, whenever the landlord of that ancient hostelry appealed to the mounting block itself as evidence, and triumphantly pointed out that there it stood in the same place to that very day, the doubters never failed to be put down by a large majority, and all true believers
exulted as in a victory.
In a day or two it was announced to all the town, that Edmund Sparkler, Esquire, son-in-law of the eminent Mr Merdle of worldwide renown, was made one of the Lords of the Circumlocution Office; and proclamation was issued, to all true believers
, that this admirable appointment was to be hailed as a graceful and gracious mark of homage, rendered by the graceful and gracious Decimus, to that commercial interest which must ever in a great commercial country-- and all the rest of it, with blast of trumpet.
in the weathercock tale, having misplaced their confidence once, were not easily prevailed upon to part with it again, so they looked as wise as they could, shrugged their shoulders, touched their foreheads, and murmured something about Gabriel Grub having drunk all the Hollands, and then fallen asleep on the flat tombstone; and they affected to explain what he supposed he had witnessed in the goblin's cavern, by saying that he had seen the world, and grown wiser.
If we take you with us," he said, in solemn words, "it can only be as believers
in our own creed.
You are a believer
in theories," I continued, "and so am I; but you can take my word that on these matters not all, but some, of the old theories are best.
To suffer the Jew to pay himself would be dishonest, for it would be cheating my master; and unreasonable, for it were the part of a fool; and unchristian, since it would be plundering a believer
to enrich an infidel.
With these words he approached the cavern, and perceived that it was impossible to let himself down or effect an entrance except by sheer force or cleaving a passage; so drawing his sword he began to demolish and cut away the brambles at the mouth of the cave, at the noise of which a vast multitude of crows and choughs flew out of it so thick and so fast that they knocked Don Quixote down; and if he had been as much of a believer
in augury as he was a Catholic Christian he would have taken it as a bad omen and declined to bury himself in such a place.
He was, moreover, a firm believer
in the doctrine of intimidation.
It meant to him what God means to the believer
, and when he saw it he was afraid.
I quite understand, sir," said the undertaker, "you don't want any show and that--I'm not a believer
in ostentation myself, mind you--but you want it done gentlemanly-like.
Casaubon's words seemed to leave unsaid: what believer
sees a disturbing omission or infelicity?
I may mention here that David is a stout believer
in prayer, and has had his first fight with another young Christian who challenged him to the jump and prayed for victory, which David thought was taking an unfair advantage.