The room was so very warm, the tobacco so very good, and the fire so very soothing, that Mr Willet by degrees began to doze; but as he had perfectly acquired, by dint of
long habit, the art of smoking in his sleep, and as his breathing was pretty much the same, awake or asleep, saving that in the latter case he sometimes experienced a slight difficulty in respiration (such as a carpenter meets with when he is planing and comes to a knot), neither of his companions was aware of the circumstance, until he met with one of these impediments and was obliged to try again.
It was with great difficulty, and by dint of
great patience that Claude Frollo had succeeded in teaching him to talk.
Indeed I and my two companions had all we could do to keep our own raft beyond the reach of the giants, but by dint of
hard rowing we at last gained the open sea.
I had witnessed its effect in the momentary pallor of her cheek-cheek unused to vary; yet how quickly, by dint of
self-control, had she recovered her composure
Our captain, however, rather distrusted his ability in this respect, and refused to recognize his claim to the character he assumed; but our gentleman was determined to play his part, for, by dint of
much scrambling, he succeeded in getting into the weather-quarter boat, where he steadied himself by holding on to a shroud, and then commenced issuing his commands with amazing volubility and very peculiar gestures.
The people of a bold and resolute mien, whom D'Artagnan had observed, by dint of
pressing, pushing, and lifting themselves up, had succeeded in almost touching the hedge of archers.
I was the accomplished graduate of a dry goods store, where, by dint of
ministering to the whims of fine ladies, and suiting silken hose to delicate limbs, and handling satins, ribbons, chintzes calicoes, tapes, gauze, and cambric needles, I grew up a very ladylike sort of a gentleman.
They had by dint of
being so very much together, got to speak to each other with a considerable portion of apparent indifference and calmness; but he could not do it now.
First, as the result of heaven knows what scheming, by dint of
humble prayers and veiled threats, the parents of the young Englishman to whom Fraulein Thekla was engaged had invited her to visit them in England, and she had set off with an album of water colours to show how accomplished she was and a bundle of letters to prove how deeply the young man had compromised himself.
At such times Dorothy, Zeb and the Wizard all pushed behind, and lifted the wheels over the roughest places; so they managed, by dint of
hard work, to keep going.
Bloomfield had not much to say against it, for his favourite beverage was gin and water; of which he took a considerable portion every day, by dint of
constant sipping--and to that I chiefly attributed his dingy complexion and waspish temper.
The prahu was gliding through a stretch of comparatively quiet and placid water where the stream spread out into a little basin just above a narrow gorge through which they had just forced their way by dint of
the most laborious exertions on the part of the crew.
But at length, by dint of
commands, and threats that he would enter the city alone, they agreed to accompany him.
He had therefore, with great care and patience, and by dint of
strenuous exertions, laid out near his house at Dort a garden fit for the culture of his cherished flower; he had mixed the soil according to the most approved prescriptions, and given to his hotbeds just as much heat and fresh air as the strictest rules of horticulture exact.
However, by dint of
perseverance and persuasion, I so far carried my point as to gain a reasonable concession.