If the commanders had been guided by reason, it would seem that it must have been obvious
to Napoleon that by advancing thirteen hundred miles and giving battle with a probability of losing a quarter of his army, he was advancing to certain destruction, and it must have been equally clear to Kutuzov that by accepting battle and risking the loss of a quarter of his army he would certainly lose Moscow.
At all events, it was fairly obvious
that, for one reason or another, the wearer of the petticoat and stockings which have now occupied us for perhaps a sufficient number of pages, was a visitor at the cottage.
Bear in mind the decay of Sight Recognition which threatened society at the time of the Colour Revolt; add too the certainty that Women would speedily learn to shade off their extremities so as to imitate the Circles; it must then be surely obvious
to you, my dear Reader, that the Colour Bill placed us under a great danger of confounding a Priest with a young Woman.
"The world is full of obvious
things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
The paramount importance of these considerations in explaining the immense amount of variation which pigeons have undergone, will be obvious
when we treat of Selection.
"But, surely, it was obvious
. I was then much surprised and interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and the other a plain one.
The headsman should stay in the bows from first to last; he should both dart the harpoon and the lance, and no rowing whatever should be expected of him, except under circumstances obvious
to any fisherman.
Before an anchor can ever be raised, it must be let go; and this perfectly obvious
truism brings me at once to the subject of the degradation of the sea language in the daily press of this country.
In his account of the singular and interesting people among whom he was thrown, it will be observed that he chiefly treats of their more obvious
peculiarities; and, in describing their customs, refrains in most cases from entering into explanations concerning their origin and purposes.
With certain obvious
lapses in its art, and with an art that is at its best very simple, and perhaps primitive, the book is still a work of art.
Hem's theory, in so far as it professes to be an adequate explanation of "mysterious disappearances," is open to many obvious
objections; to fewer as he states it himself in the "spacious volubility" of his book.
He seated me, proffered a cigar, and with grave and obvious
sincerity assured me of the pleasure that it gave him to meet me.
Many other are the emoluments which arise from both these, but they are for the most part so obvious
, that we shall not at present stay to enumerate them; especially since it occurs to us that the principal merit of both the prologue and the preface is that they be short.
In relation to such a subject, the natural and obvious
sense of its provisions, apart from any technical rules, is the true criterion of construction.
"The county police ought to make something of that," said he; "why, it is surely obvious