An overhanging rock offered him a temporary shelter, and scarcely had he availed
himself of it when the tempest burst forth in all its fury.
In the afternoon, the two elder Miss Bennets were able to be for half-an-hour by themselves; and Elizabeth instantly availed
herself of the opportunity of making any inquiries, which Jane was equally eager to satisfy.
Sometimes they scrambled from rock to rock, up the bed of some mountain stream, dashing its bright way down to the plains; sometimes they availed
themselves of the paths made by the deer and the mountain sheep, which, however, often took them to the brinks of fearful precipices, or led to rugged defiles, impassable for their horses.
No skill of a great sea officer would have availed
in such a contingency.
She had selected "Paradise Lost" from her shelf of classics, thinking, I suppose, the religious character of the book best adapted it to Sunday; I told her to begin at the beginning, and while she read Milton's invocation to that heavenly muse, who on the "secret top of Oreb or Sinai" had taught the Hebrew shepherd how in the womb of chaos, the conception of a world had originated and ripened, I enjoyed, undisturbed, the treble pleasure of having her near me, hearing the sound of her voice--a sound sweet and satisfying in my ear--and looking, by intervals, at her face: of this last privilege, I chiefly availed
myself when I found fault with an intonation, a pause, or an emphasis; as long as I dogmatized, I might also gaze, without exciting too warm a flush.
Chromis, and Ennomus the augur, led the Mysians, but his skill in augury availed
not to save him from destruction, for he fell by the hand of the fleet descendant of Aeacus in the river, where he slew others also of the Trojans.
But Toby and I had our own game to play, and we availed
ourselves of the confusion which always reigns among a ship's company preparatory to going ashore, to confer together and complete our arrangements.
I have, therefore, availed
myself occasionally of collateral lights supplied by the published journals of other travellers who have visited the scenes described: such as Messrs.
The doctor and Kennedy kept watch by turns, and Joe availed
himself of the chance to sleep most sturdily for twenty-four hours at a stretch.
I felt that no words of condolence availed
, and I let him lie there quietly.
His Dog availed
himself of the occasion to invite a stranger Dog, a friend of his, saying, "My master gives a feast, and there is always much food remaining; come and sup with me tonight.