He would sacrifice human life, his own among the rest, or whatever else was dearest to him, for the sake of adding so much as a grain
of mustard seed to the great heap of his accumulated knowledge.
But to believe in the collar bone, in the full line and in the stars, is as ridiculous as to believe with the inhabitants of Grand-Cathay that the golden oriole turns into a mole, and that grains
of wheat turn into fish of the carp species.
As you say, there appear to be grains
of sawdust in it.
With the omnibuses and cabs still running in his head, and his body still tingling with his quick walk along the streets and in and out of traffic and foot-passengers, this drawing-room seemed very remote and still; and the faces of the elderly people were mellowed, at some distance from each other, and had a bloom on them owing to the fact that the air in the drawing-room was thickened by blue grains
She reviewed their little journeys to and fro, to Walworth, to charwomen with bad legs, to meetings for this and that, their minute acts of charity and unselfishness which flowered punctually from a definite view of what they ought to do, their friendships, their tastes and habits; she saw all these things like grains
of sand falling, falling through innumerable days, making an atmosphere and building up a solid mass, a background.
For the most glutinously indefinite minds enclose some hard grains
of habit; and a man has been seen lax about all his own interests except the retention of his snuff-box, concerning which he was watchful, suspicious, and greedy of clutch.
Let me see," said Margolotte; "of those qualities she must have 'Obedience' first of all," and she took down the bottle bearing that label and poured from it upon a dish several grains
of the contents.
He had taken thirty grains
of quinine, and the drug was buzzing in his ears like a nest of hornets, making his hands and knees tremble, and causing a sickening palpitation of the stomach.
When you create a vacuum in a tube, the objects you send through it, grains
of dust or grains
of lead, fall with the same rapidity.
In these days of fatted cattle and waving grain
-fields this humble root, which was once the totem of an Indian tribe, is quite forgotten, or known only by its flowering vine; but let wild Nature reign here once more, and the tender and luxurious English grains
will probably disappear before a myriad of foes, and without the care of man the crow may carry back even the last seed of corn to the great cornfield of the Indian's God in the southwest, whence he is said to have brought it; but the now almost exterminated ground-nut will perhaps revive and flourish in spite of frosts and wildness, prove itself indigenous, and resume its ancient importance and dignity as the diet of the hunter tribe.
One morning he told us that the small grain
was coming on so well, he thought he would begin to cut his wheat on the first of July.
He has not been suffi- ciently rubbed and curried, or he has not been prop- erly fed; his food was too wet or too dry; he got it too soon or too late; he was too hot or too cold; he had too much hay, and not enough of grain
; or he had too much grain
, and not enough of hay; instead of old Barney's attending to the horse, he had very improperly left it to his son.
Thus engaged, with her right elbow supported by her left hand, Madame Defarge said nothing when her lord came in, but coughed just one grain
The knowledge came upon me, not quickly, but little by little, and grain
Take this tiny grain
of sand, and put it into the ground as close as you can to the gate of the castle.