I might as well have struggled with a bear, or reasoned
with a lunatic.
In her distress and confusion of mind Miss Garth was incapable of reasoning with herself, as she might have reasoned
at a happier time.
Apart from the personal discomfort of being so attended, and apart from such considerations of present danger as arose from one of the patriots being chronically drunk, and carrying his musket very recklessly, Charles Darnay did not allow the restraint that was laid upon him to awaken any serious fears in his breast; for, he reasoned
with himself that it could have no reference to the merits of an individual case that was not yet stated, and of representations, confirmable by the prisoner in the Abbaye, that were not yet made.
as I had reasoned
already without knowing it - if that be reasoning - in case any harm should befall him through my not going, how could I ever forgive myself!
The studious young ladies at Alton College, elbows on desk and hands over ears, shuddered chillily in fur tippets whilst they loaded their memories with the statements of writers on moral science, or, like men who swim upon corks, reasoned
out mathematical problems upon postulates.
He sought to elaborate some new scheme of life that would have its reasoned
philosophy and its ordered principles, and find in the spiritualizing of the senses its highest realization.
If such paper could be put on flat, he reasoned
, it would be stronger.
At this thought he felt such vexation and anger that he reasoned
the matter thus: "If Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot, saying, 'To cut comes to the same thing as to untie,' and yet did not fail to become lord paramount of all Asia, neither more nor less could happen now in Dulcinea's disenchantment if I scourge Sancho against his will; for, if it is the condition of the remedy that Sancho shall receive three thousand and odd lashes, what does it matter to me whether he inflicts them himself, or some one else inflicts them, when the essential point is that he receives them, let them come from whatever quarter they may?
Neither Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, nor Georgia can by any means be compared with the models from which he reasoned
and to which the terms of his description apply.