All those minute circumstances belonging to private life and domestic character, all that gives verisimilitude to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors
are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to find room for flowers of monkish eloquence, or trite reflections upon morals.
They are faithful pledges of the respect we bear to the memory of our ancestors
and of the tenderness with which we cherish the rising generation.
The occasional emergence of an Equilateral from the ranks of his serf-born ancestors
is welcomed, not only by the poor serfs themselves, as a gleam of light and hope shed upon the monotonous squalor of their existence, but also by the Aristocracy at large; for all the higher classes are well aware that these rare phenomena, while they do little or nothing to vulgarize their own privileges, serve as a most useful barrier against revolution from below.
Come back to the ways of our common ancestors
, come back to the light of kindliness and fellowship.
When the American enters on the history of his ancestors
, he is driven, after some ten or twelve generations at most, to seek refuge in a country in Europe; whereas exactly the reverse is the case with us, our most remote extraction being American, while our more recent construction and education have taken place in Europe.
Our ships of yesterday will stand to their ships as no lineal ancestors
, but as mere predecessors whose course will have been run and the race extinct.
Both might have been influenced by early impressions; for, if the son of the loyal and gallant soldier bowed in implicit obedience to the will of his sovereign, the descendant of the persecuted followers of Penn looked back with a little bitterness to the unmerited wrongs that had been heaped upon his ancestors
This brought the lecturer to the great ladder of animal life, beginning low down in molluscs and feeble sea creatures, then up rung by rung through reptiles and fishes, till at last we came to a kangaroo-rat, a creature which brought forth its young alive, the direct ancestor
of all mammals, and presumably, therefore, of everyone in the audience.
If the crusaders come in full armor," said the other, "you must be careful not to drown your ancestors
Others carry the matter still further, and inquire how many of his ancestors
have been citizens, as his grandfather, great-grandfather, etc.
Here are five thousand Jews in blue gabardines, sashes about their waists, slippers upon their feet, little skullcaps upon the backs of their heads, hair combed down on the forehead, and cut straight across the middle of it from side to side--the selfsame fashion their Tangier ancestors
have worn for I don't know how many bewildering centuries.
The intellects of our ancestors
are with us to-night," said one in a low tone.
Well, Ja should know his own business, I thought, and so I grasped the spear and clambered up toward the red man as rapidly as I could--being so far removed from my simian ancestors
as I am.
The wound that had sent E-Med the dwar to his ancestors
had not bled, fortunately for Tara of Helium.
These are our ancestors
, and their history is our history.