He always began by shoving me into a chair before I had time to open my mouth, gave me cordially a large cigar, and in excellent English would start to talk everlastingly about the phenomenal severity
of the weather.
This I feared was but too probably the case; since how could it be otherwise accounted for that I should have escaped the same indisposition, but by supposing that the bodily Exertions I had undergone in my repeated fits of frenzy had so effectually circulated and warmed my Blood as to make me proof against the chilling Damps of Night, whereas, Sophia lying totally inactive on the ground must have been exposed to all their severity
A look of severity
, or harshness even, a sort of stiffness, which, with inferiors, was pride, with superiors an affectation of superior virtue; a surly cast of countenance upon all occasions, even when looking at himself in a glass alone -- such is the exterior of this personage.
of the weather compelled them to encamp at the end of fifteen miles, on the skirts of the mountain, where they found sufficient dry aspen trees to supply them with fire, but they sought in vain about the neighborhood for a spring or rill of water.
It will be absolutely necessary," said she, "as you, my dear sister, must be sensible, to treat my daughter with some severity
while she is here; a most painful necessity, but I will ENDEAVOUR to submit to it.
One of the fathers, in great severity
, called poesy vinum daemonum, because it fireth the imagination; and yet, it is but with the shadow of a lie.
As for Draco's laws, they were published when the government was already established, and they have nothing particular in them worth mentioning, except their severity
on account of the enormity of their punishments.
He tottered a little more and was very weak, but seemed to have overcome the severity
of the attack.
Ma chere, there is a time for everything," said the countess with feigned severity
And if you retort that David is naturally a depraved little boy, and so demands harsher measure, I have still my answer, to wit, what is the manner of severity
meted out to him at home?
The elder Lassiter had that severity
of manner that so frequently affirms an uncompromising devotion to duty, and conceals a warm and affectionate disposition.
I take the imputation in good part, as a compliment to the just delineation of my female characters; and though I am bound to attribute much of the severity
of my censors to this suspicion, I make no effort to refute it, because, in my own mind, I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.