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.
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.
But the one great stumbling-block
lay in my want of capital.
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
As I remember, before the sleep came on us, thou hadst told me that marriage and bearing were darkeners of the true light, stumbling-blocks
upon the Way.