Many moons ago, when he had been much smaller, he had desired the skin of Sabor, the lioness, or Numa, the lion, or Sheeta, the leopard to cover his hairless body that he might no longer resemble hideous Histah, the snake; but now he was proud of his sleek skin for it betokened his descent from a mighty race, and the conflicting desires to go naked in prideful proof of his ancestry, or to conform to the customs of his own kind and wear hideous and uncomfortable apparel found first one and then the other in the ascendency
That class, which had gained its influence by a moral ascendency
was extremely limited.
According to this account and what was subsequently learned, it seemed that the scaramouch in question had gained a wonderful ascendency
over almost everybody in the Jeroboam.
It was interesting to see the ascendency
which the uneducated woman, bound to him by no legal tie, had acquired over the brilliant, unstable man.
By this time the reason of Edwards was getting the ascendency
of his feelings, and, as he began to see the real difficulties of the case, he listened more readily to the conversation of the lawyer.