Jones did not affect to consider Hiram Doolittle a perfect empiric in his profession, being in the constant habit of listening to his treatises on architecture with a kind of indulgent smile; yet, either from an inability
to oppose them by anything plausible from his own stores of learning or from secret admiration, Richard generally submitted to the arguments of his co-adjutor.
What rendered this intelligence the more disquieting was the inability
of the Astorians, in their present reduced state as to numbers, and the exigencies of their new establishment, to furnish detachments to penetrate the country in different directions, and fix the posts necessary to secure the interior trade.
Newman got up and walked away with a crushing sense that his cause was lost, and yet with an equal inability
to give up fighting.
I, too, suffered most from inability
to get hold of some fundamental thought.
I believe the name 'Hop-Frog' was not that given to the dwarf by his sponsors at baptism, but it was conferred upon him, by general consent of the several ministers, on account of his inability
to walk as other men do.
In sheer helpless inability
to think the problem out satisfactorily, he called up a servant and told him to tell Oolanga that he wanted to see him at once in the turret- room.
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And yet commonly they take advantage of their inability
, and would be thought wits of direction.
A difficulty of arranging their lips in this crude exposure to public scrutiny, an inability
to balance their heads, and to dissociate self-consciousness from their features, was apparent in them, and showed that they were genuine country girls, unaccustomed to many eyes.
It will, therefore, be readily understood that Archibald's inability
to do a hole in single figures did not handicap him at Cape Pleasant as it might have done at St.
Hayward, after saying for a month that he was going South next day and delaying from week to week out of inability
to make up his mind to the bother of packing and the tedium of a journey, had at last been driven off just before Christmas by the preparations for that festival.
All his absent-mindedness and inability
to enter a room and converse in it was, however, redeemed by his kindly, simple, and modest expression.
She spoke of these with animation, and heard my admiring comments with a smile of pleasure: that soon, however, vanished, and was followed by a melancholy sigh; as if in consideration of the insufficiency of all such baubles to the happiness of the human heart, and their woeful inability
to supply its insatiate demands.
Fierce and terrible was the battle that ensued, but at last the savages were routed, more by terror, perhaps, at sight of a black man and a white fighting in company with a panther and the huge fierce apes of Akut, than because of their inability
to overcome the relatively small force that opposed them.
And so the farrago of unrelated memories continued to rise vocal on Skipper's lips to the heave of his body and the beat of his arms, while Jerry, crouched against the side of the bunk mourned and mourned his grief and inability
to be of help.