From the paintings over which his elaborate fancy brooded, and which grew, touch by touch, into vagueness at which I shuddered the more thrillingly, because I shuddered knowing not why;--from these paintings (vivid as their images now are before me) I would in vain endeavour
to educe more than a small portion which should lie within the compass of merely written words.
And this is the reply which I am to have the honour of expecting: I might, perhaps, wish to be informed why, with so little ENDEAVOUR
at civility, I am thus rejected.
It is a point of great delicacy, and you must assist us in our endeavours
to choose exactly the right line of conduct.
Charles Vernon, and yet, in spite of his generous endeavours
to excuse her, we know that she did, from the most selfish motives, take all possible pains to prevent his marriage with Catherine.
Tis true, we can offer you nothing like the gaieties of this lively place; we can tempt you neither by amusement nor splendour, for our mode of living, as you see, is plain and unpretending; yet no endeavours
shall be wanting on our side to make Northanger Abbey not wholly disagreeable.
Now in the generality of free states, the governors and the governed alternately change place; for an equality without any preference is what nature chooses; however, when one governs and another is governed, she endeavours
that there should be a distinction between them in forms, expressions, and honours; according to what Amasis said of his laver.
He constantly endeavours
to bring his language nearer to the real language of men; but it is to the real language of men, not on the dead level of their ordinary intercourse, but in certain select moments of vivid sensation, when this language is winnowed and ennobled by sentiment.
Thus--I am almost ashamed to confess it--but indeed I gave myself no little trouble in my endeavours
(if I did keep up with them) to appear perfectly unconscious or regardless of their presence, as if I were wholly absorbed in my own reflections, or the contemplation of surrounding objects; or, if I lingered behind, it was some bird or insect, some tree or flower, that attracted my attention, and having duly examined that, I would pursue my walk alone, at a leisurely pace, until my pupils had bidden adieu to their companions and turned off into the quiet private road.
What hideous trials might they not have undergone during those seven awful days that nature had thwarted him in his endeavours
to locate them?
What no one but a tulip-fancier, and an envious tulip-fancier, could have discovered, -- the existence of the bulbs and the endeavours
of the prisoner, -- jealousy had enabled Boxtel, if not to discover, at least to guess.
Charlie was a devoted host, and tried to show his gratitude by being very kind to his "little sister," for he guessed why she came, and his heart was touched by her artless endeavours
to "help him be good.
I shall have the pleasure of acknowledging the great assistance which I have received from several other naturalists, in the course of this and my other works; but I must be here allowed to return my most sincere thanks to the Reverend Professor Henslow, who, when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, was one chief means of giving me a taste for Natural History, -- who, during my absence, took charge of the collections I sent home, and by his correspondence directed my endeavours
, -- and who, since my return, has constantly rendered me every assistance which the kindest friend could offer.
And as most probably she liked Tom as well as he liked her, so when she perceived his backwardness she herself grew proportionably forward; and when she saw he had entirely deserted the house, she found means of throwing herself in his way, and behaved in such a manner that the youth must have had very much or very little of the heroe if her endeavours
had proved unsuccessful.
However, after several plays had been finished, and his health seriously impaired by his endeavours
to keep up with Mr.
Yet his guest derived a certain amount of pleasure from the entertainment, owing to Brott's constant endeavours
to bring the conversation round to Lucille.