I do not deny that my surprise equals my pleasure at finding you with your adopted
mother and that, after what happened between us yesterday, after what you said and what I was able to guess, I hardly expected to see you here so soon.
And the proposed Constitution, if adopted
, will be the bill of rights of the Union.
a child, because children of your own had been denied you, was to try and choose your lot in spite of Providence: the adopted
child, she was convinced, would never turn out well, and would be a curse to those who had wilfully and rebelliously sought what it was clear that, for some high reason, they were better without.
Hence Quasimodo's gratitude was profound, passionate, boundless; and although the visage of his adopted
father was often clouded or severe, although his speech was habitually curt, harsh, imperious, that gratitude never wavered for a single moment.
The general and the major offered some objections; nevertheless, the proposition, actively supported by the secretary, was definitely adopted
My second maxim was to be as firm and resolute in my actions as I was able, and not to adhere less steadfastly to the most doubtful opinions, when once adopted
, than if they had been highly certain; imitating in this the example of travelers who, when they have lost their way in a forest, ought not to wander from side to side, far less remain in one place, but proceed constantly towards the same side in as straight a line as possible, without changing their direction for slight reasons, although perhaps it might be chance alone which at first determined the selection; for in this way, if they do not exactly reach the point they desire, they will come at least in the end to some place that will probably be preferable to the middle of a forest.
Then one of them, sticking out his chest and strutting about the room like a pouter-pigeon, suggests quite seriously that that is the style he should adopt
. The old man slaps him on the back and says: "Be bold, my boy.
The woman professed to have made all manner of inquiries, but all in vain: so, being childless and a widow, she adopted
When my adopted
son was about ten years old I was obliged to go on a journey.
But charity doth not adopt
the vices of its objects." "O, sir!" returned Blifil, "it is not without the secret direction of Providence that you mention the word adoption.
Finding us distinguished, as a nation, by our love of athletic exercises, the little man, in the innocence of his heart, devoted himself impromptu to all our English sports and pastimes whenever he had the opportunity of joining them; firmly persuaded that he could adopt
our national amusements of the field by an effort of will precisely as he had adopted
our national gaiters and our national white hat.
Brownlow went on, from day to day, filling the mind of his adopted
child with stores of knowledge, and becoming attached to him, more and more, as his nature developed itself, and showed the thriving seeds of all he wished him to become--how he traced in him new traits of his early friend, that awakened in his own bosom old remembrances, melancholy and yet sweet and soothing--how the two orphans, tried by adversity, remembered its lessons in mercy to others, and mutual love, and fervent thanks to Him who had protected and preserved them--these are all matters which need not to be told.
I know how I can manage beautifully; I'll adopt
her!" and Rose looked quite radiant with this new idea.
Then, by degrees, I won their confidence in much the same manner as I had adopted
countless times with my many mundane mounts.
President," he said, in a clear voice, "but I see you are going to adopt
a course of questions through which I cannot follow you.