They had inscribed on my reason the conviction that unlawful pleasure, trenching on another's rights, is delusive and envenomed
pleasure--its hollowness disappoints at the time, its poison cruelly tortures afterwards, its effects deprave for ever.
My heart is harden'd, I cannot repent; Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven: Swords, poisons, halters, and envenom
'd steel Are laid before me to despatch myself; And long ere this I should have done the deed, Had not sweet pleasure conquer'd deep despair.
Meantime returning to that evening altercation in deadened tones within the private apartment of Miss de Barral's governess, what if I were to tell you that disappointment had most likely made them touchy with each other, but that perhaps the secret of his careless, railing behaviour, was in the thought, springing up within him with an emphatic oath of relief "Now there's nothing to prevent me from breaking away from that old woman." And that the secret of her envenomed
rage, not against this miserable and attractive wretch, but against fate, accident and the whole course of human life, concentrating its venom on de Barral and including the innocent girl herself, was in the thought, in the fear crying within her "Now I have nothing to hold him with .
As when ALCIDES from OEALIA Crown'd With conquest, felt th' envenom
'd robe, and tore Through pain up by the roots THESSALIAN Pines, And LICHAS from the top of OETA threw Into th' EUBOIC Sea.
"Yes, that's the chief thing," said Gania, helping the general out of his difficulties again, and curling his lips in an envenomed
smile, which he did not attempt to conceal.
For all the envenomed
recklessness of his temper, fed on hate and disdain, Razumov shuddered inwardly.