The pursuit alone is my strength- the energy of my soul- the warmth of my blood- and the pith
and marrow of my bones
This was rare, however, and the elfish freak was always short: sometimes when driven a little hard in the war of words--for her tongue did ample justice to the pith
, the point, the delicacy of her native French, in which language she always attacked me--I used to turn upon her with my old decision, and arrest bodily the sprite that teased me.
Get along with thee for a smart fellow; and I will wager on thy head, as a man of pith
and substance, with a brain and what they call a heart, and all else that a man should have, against any other thing on two legs.
Both the Englishmen wore light clothes and white pith
helmets and puggrees, but there, for the most part, their resemblance ended.
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith
of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.