Such were Elizabeth Elliot's sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy
, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life; such the feelings to give interest to a long, uneventful residence in one country circle, to fill the vacancies which there were no habits of utility abroad, no talents or accomplishments for home, to occupy.
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth, to the truth of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of man's nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy
in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
For men are not guilty of crimes for necessaries only (for which he thinks an equality of goods would be a sufficient remedy, as they would then have no occasion to steal cold or hunger), but that they may enjoy what the desire, and not wish for it in vain; for if their desire extend beyond the common necessaries of life, they were be wicked to gratify them; and not only so, but if their wishes point that way, they will do the same to enjoy those pleasures which are free from the alloy
This, then, was the society that the prince accepted at once as true coin, as pure gold without alloy
Where strength was needed there was the new Charlottenburg alloy
, German steel as it was called, the toughest and most resistant metal in the world.
I had promised myself that in this quiet, now that I had given up reviewing, and wrote little or nothing in the magazine but my stories, I should again read purely for the pleasure of it, as I had in the early days before the critical purpose had qualified it with a bitter alloy
Well, then," said Morgan, "I propose the best alloy
hitherto known, which consists of one hundred parts of copper, twelve of tin, and six of brass.
But this was only March: a cold, wet April, and two weeks of May passed over before we could venture forth on our expedition with the reasonable hope of obtaining that pleasure we sought in pleasant prospects, cheerful society, fresh air, good cheer and exercise, without the alloy
of bad roads, cold winds, or threatening clouds.
He had quite forgotten the momentary unpleasant impression, and alone with her he felt, now that the thought of her approaching motherhood was never for a moment absent from his mind, a new and delicious bliss, quite pure from all alloy
of sense, in the being near to the woman he loved.
If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy
can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.
By nonsense he meant fancy; and truly it is probable she was as free from any alloy
of that nature, as any human being not arrived at the perfection of an absolute idiot, ever was.
But bear in mind, Mr Venus, that there's no gold without its alloy