Then the sacristan, Father Nicodemus--also a great stumbling-block
to Sergius who involuntarily reproached him for flattering and fawning on the Abbot--approached him and, bowing low, requested his presence behind the holy gates.
She was a stumbling-block
in the passage at five-and-twenty minutes past two; a man-trap in the kitchen at half-past two precisely; and a pitfall in the garret at five-and-twenty minutes to three.
For a long time they were a stumbling-block
to me until I remembered a very significant fact: that she and Alfred Inglethorp were cousins.
She and I had no affinities of sympathy--she had committed the unpardonable outrage on my sensibilities of calling me a spy--she was a stumbling-block
in my way and in Percival's--but, for all that, my magnanimity forbade me to put her in danger of infection with my own hand.
His partner, Daniel Doyce, was something of a stumbling-block
in Mr Meagles's way, the worthy gentleman being not at all clear in his own anxious mind but that the mingling of Daniel with official Barnacleism might produce some explosive combination, even at a marriage breakfast.
It's always a stumbling-block
to people like you, they turn it into ridicule before they understand it.
It is as clear to me as sunshine,--were there any in the sky,--that the greatest possible stumbling-blocks
in the path of human happiness and improvement are these heaps of bricks and stones, consolidated with mortar, or hewn timber, fastened together with spike-nails, which men painfully contrive for their own torment, and call them house and home