To take possession of the moon in the name of the United States; to add a fortieth State to the Union; to colonize the lunar regions; to cultivate them, to people them, to transport thither all the prodigies
of art, of science, and industry; to civilize the Selenites, unless they are more civilized than we are; and to constitute them a republic, if they are not already one
Therefore, recognizing these prodigies
, the soldier adopts him for his father.
And Simon Ockley's History of the Saracens recounts the prodigies
of individual valor, with admiration all the more evident on the part of the narrator that he seems to think that his place in Christian Oxford requires of him some proper protestations of abhorrence.
The poet, being desirous to indulge a wanton and extravagant imagination, took refuge in that power, of the extent of which his readers were no judges, or rather which they imagined to be infinite, and consequently they could not be shocked at any prodigies
related of it.
The remainder of the form consisted of young prodigies
of nine and ten, who were going up the school at the rate of a form a half-year, all boys' hands and wits being against them in their progress.
His regiment had performed prodigies
of courage, and had withstood for a while the onset of the whole French army.
False priests, false prophets, false doctors, false patriots, false prodigies
of every kind, veiling their proceedings in mystery, have always addressed themselves at an immense advantage to the popular credulity, and have been, perhaps, more indebted to that resource in gaining and keeping for a time the upper hand of Truth and Common Sense, than to any half-dozen items in the whole catalogue of imposture.