Archer knew that Madame Olenska lived in a square near one of the avenues radiating from the Invalides; and he had pictured the quarter as quiet and almost obscure
, forgetting the central splendour that lit it up.
Although much remains obscure
, and will long remain obscure
, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained--namely, that each species has been independently created--is erroneous.
He was evidently hidden in an obscure
corner at the end of the court.
And yet here you are, at the top of your life, where diminishing and dying begin, living an obscure
and sordid existence, hunting sea animals for the satisfaction of woman's vanity and love of decoration, revelling in a piggishness, to use your own words, which is anything and everything except splendid.
I looked towards its completion with a tremulous and eager hope, which I dared not trust myself to question but which was intermixed with obscure
forebodings of evil that made my heart sicken in my bosom.
However, it is not becoming for an obscure teacher of languages to criticize a "heroic fugitive" of worldwide celebrity.
What can there be in common in a lady of that sort and an obscure country girl like me?
Genteel blinds and makeshifts were more or less observable as soon as their doors were opened; screens not half high enough, which made dining-rooms out of arched passages, and warded off obscure corners where footboys slept at nights with their heads among the knives and forks; curtains which called upon you to believe that they didn't hide anything; panes of glass which requested you not to see them; many objects of various forms, feigning to have no connection with their guilty secret, a bed; disguised traps in walls, which were clearly coal-cellars; affectations of no thoroughfares, which were evidently doors to little kitchens.
How will it be with us, and with her, in the obscure distance?
But these dead-tinted, hollow-eyed, angular skeletons of villages on the Rhone oppress me with the feeling that human life--very much of it--is a narrow, ugly, grovelling existence, which even calamity does not elevate, but rather tends to exhibit in all its bare vulgarity of conception; and I have a cruel conviction that the lives these ruins are the traces of were part of a gross sum of obscure vitality, that will be swept into the same oblivion with the generations of ants and beavers.
The suffering, whether of martyr or victim, which belongs to every historical advance of mankind, is represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds of obscure hearths; and we need not shrink from this comparison of small things with great; for does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?
He had shown signs of some obscure
nervous disease before his arrest and this now developed into violent attacks of epilepsy, from which he suffered for the rest of his life.
Mr Phillips, who chairs the Welsh Government's National Advice Agency, said in a statement: "I am very distressed to have been found guilty of a very narrow and obscure
technical infringement, that had no environmental impact or damage and no public danger.
When we do the LP it will all be pretty obscure
stuff, none of the usual Good Golly Miss Molly, sort of number.
The council's planners decided the extension does comply with regulations, but ordered obscure
glazing to preserve his privacy.