Is it not evident that a degree of local information and preparatory
labor would be found in the several volumes of their proceedings, which would very much shorten the labors of the general legislature, and render a much smaller number of members sufficient for it?
Van Helsing is lying down, having a rest preparatory
to his journey.
Their peculiar hooting invariably preceded feed- ing; it had no modulation, and was, I believe, in no sense a signal, but merely the expiration of air preparatory
to the suctional operation.
I once thought," continued Faria, "of removing these iron bars, and letting myself down from the window, which, as you see, is somewhat wider than yours, although I should have enlarged it still more preparatory
to my flight; however, I discovered that I should merely have dropped into a sort of inner court, and I therefore renounced the project altogether as too full of risk and danger.
He darted a preparatory
glance at Athos and Aramis, who slyly pushed their chairs a little back so as to leave themselves more space for action.
to the chase, they performed some religious rites, and offered up to the Great Spirit a few short prayers for safety and success; then, having received the blessings of their wives, they leaped upon their horses and departed, leaving the whole party of Christian spectators amazed and rebuked by this lesson of faith and dependence on a supreme and benevolent Being.
said the young lady, again interrupting him; "she has a perfect horror of the tuning of fiddles and the preparatory
thrummings on the piano; so endeavour to preserve the harmony of your temper for the second act.
My destiny being toward a communion with man--or rather with woman--I have ever looked upon these silent communications with the astronomer as so much preparatory
schooling, in order that my mind might be prepared for its own avenir, and not be blinded by an undue appreciation of the importance of its future associates.
Corresponding in their insignif- icance to the islets of the sea, two small clumps of trees, one on each side of the only fault in the impeccable joint, marked the mouth of the river Meinam we had just left on the first preparatory
stage of our homeward journey; and, far back on the inland level, a larger and loftier mass, the grove surrounding the great Paknam pagoda, was the only thing on which the eye could rest from the vain task of exploring the monotonous sweep of the horizon.
He was engaged in making up deficiencies of kit preparatory
to a campaign, and in that work he steals best who steals last.
I was tying up a bundle of papers, and putting them in their place, preparatory
to closing my desk, when Crimsworth reappeared at the door, and entering closed it behind him.
But Toby and I had our own game to play, and we availed ourselves of the confusion which always reigns among a ship's company preparatory
to going ashore, to confer together and complete our arrangements.
Norris had been indulging in very dreadful fears, and trying to make Edmund participate them whenever she could get him alone; and as she depended on being the first person made acquainted with any fatal catastrophe, she had already arranged the manner of breaking it to all the others, when Sir Thomas's assurances of their both being alive and well made it necessary to lay by her agitation and affectionate preparatory
speeches for a while.
to the histories of their voyages; and the collection is indeed ridiculously contemptible.
They were soon in full progress, after a preparatory
hitch or two, which rejoiced the hearts of those who hated machinery.