If our friend comes closer to us we see his line becomes larger; if he leaves us it becomes smaller: but still he looks like a straight line; be he a Triangle, Square, Pentagon, Hexagon, Circle, what you will -- a straight Line he looks and nothing else.
But now, drawing back to the edge of the table, gradually lower your eye (thus bringing yourself more and more into the condition of the inhabitants of Flatland), and you will find the penny becoming more and more oval to your view, and at last when you have placed your eye exactly on the edge of the table (so that you are, as it were, actually a Flatlander) the penny will then have ceased to appear oval at all, and will have become, so far as you can see, a straight line.
And when one observes that this mode of expression is not only the most conservative, but also the most simple, the most convenient, the most practicable for all; when one reflects that it does not drag after it bulky baggage, and does not set in motion a heavy apparatus; when one compares thought forced, in order to transform itself into an edifice, to put in motion four or five other arts and tons of gold, a whole mountain of stones, a whole forest of timber-work, a whole nation of workmen; when one compares it to the thought which becomes
a book, and for which a little paper, a little ink, and a pen suffice,--how can one be surprised that human intelligence should have quitted architecture for printing?
Though nature grants vast periods of time for the work of natural selection, she does not grant an indefinite period; for as all organic beings are striving, it may be said, to seize on each place in the economy of nature, if any one species does not become
modified and improved in a corresponding degree with its competitors, it will soon be exterminated.
He who has annexed them, if he wishes to hold them, has only to bear in mind two considerations: the one, that the family of their former lord is extinguished; the other, that neither their laws nor their taxes are altered, so that in a very short time they will become
entirely one body with the old principality.
Endearments had not yet become
usual between them, and feeling himself morally inferior he felt terrified at this stage to use them to such an angel.
When once he had become
interested in strange objects, and the way to use them, he began to explore various likely places for similar finds.
Darkness had no effect upon my fancy, and a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become
food for the worm.
Among these 5,000 nebulae there is one which has received the name of the Milky Way, and which contains eighteen millions of stars, each of which has become
the center of a solar world.
After this Hermod disappeared, and no one knew what had become
of him; the Queen caused search to be made for him, but he could nowhere be found.
They waited a long time, for the private was in no hurry to become
an ornament and made his guesses very slowly.
The tragedy called Irene which Johnson had brought with him to London was at length after twelve years produced by Garrick, who had by that time become
a famous actor.
Ralph, having died intestate, and having no relations but those with whom he had lived in such enmity, they would have become
in legal course his heirs.
Like a cripple become
deaf, and blind, and dumb--thus have I lived long; that I might not live with the power-rabble, the scribe-rabble, and the pleasure-rabble.
He had been in quite a number of miscellaneous fights, and in some general barroom rows that had become
known to the police.