My anxiety to examine the register did not dispose me to offer much encouragement to the old man's talkativeness.
Calculating back from this, and making due allowance for the year that had passed since I had gained my information, I found that he must have been born in eighteen hundred and four, and that I might safely start on my search through the register from that date.
I was struck by the insecurity of the place in which the register was kept.
The emperor is more strict in prison discipline than even Louis himself, and the number of prisoners whose names are not on the register
is incalculable." Had Morrel even any suspicions, so much kindness would have dispelled them.
"There are some other professors registered
, though," observed Ned, as he glanced at the book, noting the names of several scientists of whom he and Tom had read.
But, my dear host," said Aramis, closing the register, "if I am not mistaken, we are summoned."
Baisemeaux took the register, hastily restored it to its place in the closet, which he locked, and put the key in his pocket.
"To be registered
, as doomed to destruction," returned Defarge.
Thus, to sum up what we have hitherto said, in a fashion which is necessarily incomplete and mutilated, the human race has two books, two registers, two testaments: masonry and printing; the Bible of stone and the Bible of paper.
At its base are written some ancient titles of humanity which architecture had not registered. To the left of the entrance has been fixed the ancient bas-relief, in white marble, of Homer; to the right, the polyglot Bible rears its seven heads.
He told me that was true; but that as there was no proof of my being dead, he could not act as executor until some certain account should come of my death; and, besides, he was not willing to intermeddle with a thing so remote: that it was true he had registered
my will, and put in his claim; and could he have given any account of my being dead or alive, he would have acted by procuration, and taken possession of the ingenio (so they call the sugar-house), and have given his son, who was now at the Brazils, orders to do it.
By them he weighed and judged and determined his own consequent courses of action, just like any human; or, just like any human, lazily resolved upon no course of action, but merely noted and registered a clear comprehension of something that was going on about him that did not require a correspondence of action on his part.
Once, even, had there been an eruption of strange four-legged, horned and hairy creatures, the images of which, registered in his brain, would have been identifiable in the brains of humans with what humans worded "goats."
The butler was awaiting my arrival; he had received by the same post as mine a registered
letter of instruction, and had sent at once for a locksmith and a carpenter.
It is a strange thing, that in sea voyages, where there is nothing to be seen, but sky and sea, men should make diaries; but in land-travel, wherein so much is to be observed, for the most part they omit it; as if chance were fitter to be registered
, than observation.