His blue handkerchief was spread over his knees, as was usual indoors, when it was not hanging over his head; and he sat watching what went forward with the quiet OUTWARD glance of healthy old age, which, disengaged from any interest in an inward drama, spies out pins upon the floor, follows one's minutest motions with an unexpectant purposeless tenacity, watches the flickering of the flame or the sun-gleams on the wall, counts the quarries on the floor, watches even the hand of the clock, and pleases itself with detecting
a rhythm in the tick.
As I passed through the noisy throng, which by this time completely environed the Ti, I looked with fearful curiosity at the three packages, which now were deposited upon the ground; but although I had no doubt as to their contents, still their thick coverings prevented my actually detecting
the form of a human body.
Edwards, as he rather rushed than walked from the house, was the little square-built lawyer, with a large bundle of papers under his arm, a pair of green spectacles on his nose, with glasses at the sides, as if to multiply his power of detecting
frauds by additional organs of vision.
She was all alive again directly, and among the most active in being useful to Fanny, in detecting
her to be wetter than she would at first allow, and providing her with dry clothes; and Fanny, after being obliged to submit to all this attention, and to being assisted and waited on by mistresses and maids, being also obliged, on returning downstairs, to be fixed in their drawing-room for an hour while the rain continued, the blessing of something fresh to see and think of was thus extended to Miss Crawford, and might carry on her spirits to the period of dressing and dinner.
It occurred to me that her recent obtrusion of herself upon me might have been prompted by the wish to test my power of detecting
some of her secrets; but I let the thought drop again at once: her motives and her deeds had no interest for me, and whatever pleasures she might be seeking, I had no wish to baulk her.
Still more was I astonished to see him repeat the same walk several times -- once nearly detecting
me as he came round with a sudden movement.
The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting
There he lit a candle-end, opened the china-closet, and, reaching his long arm up to the highest shelf, laid the pieces together with such accuracy of touch that a close inspection convinced him of the impossibility of detecting
from below that the dish was broken.
Snagsby to and fro, and up and down, and to piece suspicious circumstances together--and every circumstance that has happened has been most suspicious; and in this way she has pursued her object of detecting
and confounding her false husband, night and day.
Man is fallen; nature is erect, and serves as a differential thermometer, detecting
the presence or absence of the divine sentiment in man.
I wish to verify the working of the natural logic of my ideas tomorrow during the reading--whether I am capable of detecting
logical errors, and whether all that I have meditated over during the last six months be true, or nothing but delirium.
and would have returned to the subject at luncheon if William had not shown himself inscrutable and chill, lifting fragments of salad on the point of his fork, with the gesture of a man pronging seaweed, detecting
gravel, suspecting germs.
I went on in the direction I thought was south but which I now imagine must have been about due north, without detecting
a single familiar object.
Her father's eye wandered toward her when mine did, and suddenly assumed the same distrustful look which I remembered detecting
in it, under similar circumstances, at Duskydale.
Here, concealed behind the first tree which was large enough to hide me, I could command a view of the bridge, and I could fairly count on detecting
her, if she returned to the river, while there was a ray of light to see her by.