There lay the pond, set in its little alp of green--only a pond, but large enough to contain the human body
, and pure enough to reflect the sky.
Yet it is as invisible as the nerves and muscles of a human body
A human body
, like a mass of dynamite, contains a store of energy in unstable equilibrium, ready to be directed in this direction or that by a disturbance which is physically very small, such as a spoken word.
After making the greatest opposition between thought and extension, Descartes, like Plato, supposes them to be reunited for a time, not in their own nature but by a special divine act (compare Phaedrus), and he also supposes all the parts of the human body
to meet in the pineal gland, that alone affording a principle of unity in the material frame of man.
According to medieval physiology there were four chief liquids in the human body
, namely blood, phlegm, bile, and black bile, and an excess of any of them produced an undue predominance of the corresponding quality; thus, an excess of phlegm made a person phlegmatic, or dull; or an excess of black bile, melancholy.
And yet, after gazing for another second, the stars did their usual work upon the mind, froze to cinders the whole of our short human history, and reduced the human body
to an ape-like, furry form, crouching amid the brushwood of a barbarous clod of mud.
The one placed its whole dependence on the exercise of a supernatural power, and was held in greater veneration than their practice could at all justify ; but the other was really endowed with great skill in the ordinary complaints of the human body
, and was more particularly, as Natty had intimated, “curous” in cuts and bruises.
Some houses which had become insecure from age and decay, were prevented from falling into the street, by huge beams of wood reared against the walls, and firmly planted in the road; but even these crazy dens seemed to have been selected as the nightly haunts of some houseless wretches, for many of the rough boards which supplied the place of door and window, were wrenched from their positions, to afford an aperture wide enough for the passage of a human body
He saw that, at the same time, he was pushing a human body
and he could not keep back an exclamation, for he recognized the body at once:
But this gentleman is now, and has been for years, to my certain knowledge, a regular translator of the human body
from one State to another.
He took pity on these poor animals and went to a corner of the stable, where he saw a little straw, but in doing so he struck his foot against a human body
, which uttered a cry and arose on its knees, rubbing its eyes.
The man, whoever he was, had died instantaneously; and yet it seemed impossible to believe that a human body
could have reached that state of disintegration without passing through the pangs of inconceivable agony.
Who knows what the human body
would expand and flow out to under a more genial heaven?
The very slightest of the jolts with which the ponderous carriage fell from log to log, was enough, it seemed, to have dislocated all the bones in the human body
And then, as I sat gazing distractedly at my four safe walls, with the receiver still pressed to my head, there came a single groan, followed by the dull and dreadful crash of a human body
falling in a heap.