He had built himself a country-seat within a few miles of his native town, and there spent such portions
of his time as could be spared from public service in the display of every grace and virtue--as a newspaper phrased it, on the eve of an election--befitting the Christian, the good citizen, the horticulturist, and the gentleman.
One point in which he had vastly the advantage over his four-footed brethren was his ability to recollect the good dinners which it had made no small portion
of the happiness of his life to eat.
The tall girls went out and returned presently, each bearing a tray, with portions
of something, I knew not what, arranged thereon, and a pitcher of water and mug in the middle of each tray.
From the paintings over which his elaborate fancy brooded, and which grew, touch by touch, into vagueness at which I shuddered the more thrillingly, because I shuddered knowing not why;--from these paintings (vivid as their images now are before me) I would in vain endeavour to educe more than a small portion
which should lie within the compass of merely written words.
The stranger has already had as large a portion
as any one else; this is well, for it is not right nor reasonable to ill-treat any guest of Telemachus who comes here.
Well, Grandfather," remarked Clara, "if wedding portions
nowadays were paid as Miss Betsey's was, young ladies would not pride themselves upon an airy figure, as many of them do.
With the Marquesans it might almost most be styled the great business of life, for they pass a large portion
of their time in the arms of Somnus.
After a thorough investigation of every portion
of the house, without farther discovery, the party made its way into a small paved yard in the rear of the building, where lay the corpse of the old lady, with her throat so entirely cut that, upon an attempt to raise her, the head fell off.
John Jacob Astor, relative to that portion
of our country, and to the adventurous traders to Santa Fe and the Columbia.
I want her to play and sing with some portion
of taste and a good deal of assurance, as she has my hand and arm and a tolerable voice.
We have come to dedicate a portion
of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live.
Sometimes a portion
of our family would eat out of the skillet or pot, while some one else would eat from a tin plate held on the knees, and often using nothing but the hands with which to hold the food.
Well, after all, that is true of a large portion
The shells of the eight he sucked he broke to fragments as a dog might break them, and, to build the picture he had long visioned, of the eighth egg he reserved a tiny portion
which he spread, not on Jerry's jowls where his tongue could have erased it, but high up about his eyes and above them, where it would remain and stand witness against him according to the plot he had planned.
AN ASS besought a Horse to spare him a small portion
of his feed.