Indeed, with a feminine eye for costume, she had at once identified the damask dressing-gown, which enveloped him, as the same in figure, material
, and fashion, with that so elaborately represented in the picture.
These supplied material
for petty activity to a mind that would otherwise have been eaten up with rust.
It follows, therefore, that of the materials
which an author has to use in a romance, or fictitious composition, such as I have ventured to attempt, he will find that a great proportion, both of language and manners, is as proper to the present time as to those in which he has laid his time of action.
Since the development of class antagonism keeps even pace with the development of industry, the economic situation, as they find it, does not as yet offer to them the material
conditions for the emancipation of the proletariat.
The first remedy or prevention is to remove, by all means possible, that material
cause of sedition whereof we spake; which is, want and poverty in the estate.
The other, after a conscientious effort to build a terrestrial paradise out of the same materials
, with the addition of a "grave and stately stork," spoils it all by blundering upon the ghastly truth at the last.
Nevertheless Lebrun went on copying the materials
and ornaments with the closest fidelity - a process which Aramis watched with ill-concealed impatience.
When the author came to revise the material
, he found sins against taste which his zeal for righteousness could not suffice to atone for.
I said nothing; my eyes confessed my admiration; the writing materials
lay untouched before me on the table.
A sum of between eighty and ninety pounds in Bank of England notes; a few simple articles belonging to the toilet; materials
for needle-work; and a photographic portrait of a young lady, inscribed, "To Anne, from Blanche," were found in the bag--but no letters, and nothing whatever that could afford the slightest clew by which the owner could be traced.
Hence we are to derive that universal contempt which the world, who always denominate the whole from the majority, have cast on all historical writers who do not draw their materials
at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous an undertaking, but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed.