Then he told them that here they should part company; they three going to the eastward and he to the westward, and so, skirting the main highroads, would come by devious
paths to Sherwood.
through the savage gloom there came to him a stately maiden, and took him by the hand and led him on through devious
paths, unknown to any man, until upon the darkness of the wood there dawned a light such as the light of day was unto but as a little lamp unto the sun; and, in that wondrous light, our way-worn knight saw as in a dream a vision, and so glorious, so fair the vision seemed, that of his bleeding wounds he thought no more, but stood as one entranced, whose joy is deep as is the sea, whereof no man can tell the depth.
He evaded a sentinel, passed the out-guard and support, and by devious
ways came again to Colonel Capell's headquarters, where he appeared before the officers gathered there as a disembodied spirit materializing out of thin air.
Since he began to tread the devious
paths of diplomacy, he has brought exactness in the small things of life down to a fine art.
They lead through poverty and pain, devious
and unsure, as of one staggering beneath a burden -
It was warfare dark and devious
, replete with intrigue and conspiracy, plot and counterplot.
He worked always to the north, though his way was devious
, and it was from the north that he seemed most to apprehend that for which he was looking.
They returned to the carriage by devious
paths; when they were in, she said, "But couldn't you get it renewed?
Nay, fair sir, a tramp, a man of devious
ways and strange lodgements and multifarious--'
We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious
travel towards the eastern verge.
One travels through life," he answered, "by devious
paths, and a little wandering in the flower-gardens by the way is the lot of every one.
By a devious
route, but with unfailing precision, they had come homing back to the same old subject.
In a dreadful state of doubt and uncertainty, the agonised young woman staggered to the gate, and then, exchanging her faltering walk for a swift run, returned by the most devious
and complicated route she could think of, to the domicile of the Jew.
Led on by some rudimentary aspirations towards right, and encouraged by the judicious stimulation of an occasional ten-pound note sent to him by devious
methods, he has once or twice given me advance information which has been of value--that highest value which anticipates and prevents rather than avenges crime.
As he observes, "Literature offers us a unique highroad to the past, for the simple reason that its expressiveness may be as plain as blistering insult or so devious
and artful as to suit the most subde social situation" (xiv).