Kate blushed as she mentioned her principal acquirements
, and Mrs Nickleby checked them all off, one by one, on her fingers; having calculated the number before she came out.
Although the Australian may be superior in acquirements
, it by no means follows that he is likewise superior in mental capacity: indeed, from what I saw of the Fuegians when on board and from what I have read of the Australians, I should think the case was exactly the reverse.
Miss Twinkleton's fraudulent version tamely ran thus: 'Ever engaged to me with the consent of our parents on both sides, and the approbation of the silver-haired rector of the district,--said Edward, respectfully raising to his lips the taper fingers so skilful in embroidery, tambour, crochet, and other truly feminine arts,--let me call on thy papa ere to- morrow's dawn has sunk into the west, and propose a suburban establishment, lowly it may be, but within our means, where he will be always welcome as an evening guest, and where every arrangement shall invest economy, and constant interchange of scholastic acquirements
with the attributes of the ministering angel to domestic bliss.
We have every where endeavoured to show that while Mahtoree was in all essentials a warrior of the prairies, he was much in advance of his people in those acquirements
which announce the dawnings of civilisation.
He was rapidly rising in acquirements
and virtues, when, in an evil hour, his stable was newly painted.
and his acquirements
,--not quite enough, perhaps, to warrant so strong a recommendation of him as he had given to his friend Tulliver.
This narration ended, Mr Garland put some questions to Kit respecting his qualifications and general acquirements
, while Mrs Garland noticed the children, and hearing from Kit's mother certain remarkable circumstances which had attended the birth of each, related certain other remarkable circumstances which had attended the birth of her own son, Mr Abel, from which it appeared that both Kit's mother and herself had been, above and beyond all other women of what condition or age soever, peculiarly hemmed in with perils and dangers.
When he at last became a free man again, he said he believed he would hunt up a brisker seat of learning; the Heidelberg lectures might be good, but the opportunities of attending them were too rare, the educational process too slow; he said he had come to Europe with the idea that the acquirement
of an education was only a matter of time, but if he had averaged the Heidelberg system correctly, it was rather a matter of eternity.
They were prouder and happier in their new acquirement
than they would have been in the scalping and skinning of the Six Nations.
Subsequent communications announced his departure, under care of a trustworthy foreman, for some public works in Belgium; touched on the general benefit he appeared to derive from this new change; praised his excellent manners and address, which were of great assistance in facilitating business communications with the foreigners -- and passed over in ominous silence the main question of his actual progress in the acquirement
Captain Nemo must have expended millions in the acquirement
of these various specimens, and I was thinking what source he could have drawn from, to have been able thus to gratify his fancy for collecting, when I was interrupted by these words:
Osborne, two gentlemen well known for scientific acquirement
, and especially for the interest they have exhibited in the progress of ærostation.
He was much surprised and pleased with this new acquirement
which had been so suddenly thrust upon him, but he had no time for thinking much upon it.
Doubtless; but I fear that my young relative Will Ladislaw is chiefly determined in his aversion to these callings by a dislike to steady application, and to that kind of acquirement
which is needful instrumentally, but is not charming or immediately inviting to self-indulgent taste.
That he was taking his life in his hands he well knew, but so great was the man's cupidity that he reckoned no risk too great for the acquirement
of a fortune.