Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness: the destiny that had drawn an inviolable circle round about her: the whole peculiarity, in short, of her position in respect to other children.
Mother and daughter stood together in the same circle of seclusion from human society; and in the nature of the child seemed to be perpetuated those unquiet elements that had distracted Hester Prynne before Pearl's birth, but had since begun to be soothed away by the softening influences of maternity.
The softly glowing vision of the child moved away before me among the trees.
The airy figure of the child paused, hovering over the house at which I had left my traveling-carriage in the evening.
Wilt thou have thy child again, or shall I go with it there, where thou dost not know
And she bowed her head down in her lap, and Death took her child and went with it into the unknown land.
A part of this door was of glass unprotected by any shutter, which I did not observe at first, for all was very dark and silent within, and I was anxious (as indeed the child was also) for an answer to our summons.
Though much altered by age, I fancied I could recognize in his spare and slender form something of that delicate mould which I had noticed in a child.
Yet may his child
be otherwise, Mother of the Heavens
But, after opening the house-door, she stood an instant on the threshold, hesitating whether she ought to ask the child
to come in, or whether she should even speak to her.
I was exceedingly surprised at the news, and began now seriously to reflect on my present circumstances, and the inexpressible misfortune it was to me to have a child
upon my hands, and what to do in it I knew not.
The unhappy woman flung herself upon that shoe; her consolation and her despair for so many years, and her vitals were rent with sobs as on the first day; because, for a mother who has lost her child
, it is always the first day.
Knowing she would not be allowed to keep the child
much longer, the woman kissed him again; and she passed her hand down his body till she came to his feet; she held the right foot in her hand and felt the five small toes; and then slowly passed her hand over the left one.
Kitty, young and pretty as she is, even Kitty has lost her looks; and I when I'm with child
become hideous, I know it.
Though a child
, she was a beautiful reader;--a fine musical ear, a quick poetic fancy, and an instinctive sympathy with what's grand and noble, made her such a reader of the Bible as Tom had never before heard.