Men of age
object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
At whatever period of life disuse or selection reduces an organ, and this will generally be when the being has come to maturity and to its full powers of action, the principle of inheritance at corresponding ages
will reproduce the organ in its reduced state at the same age
, and consequently will seldom affect or reduce it in the embryo.
I afterwards saw five or six of different ages
, the youngest not above two hundred years old, who were brought to me at several times by some of my friends; but although they were told, "that I was a great traveller, and had seen all the world," they had not the least curiosity to ask me a question; only desired "I would give them SLUMSKUDASK," or a token of remembrance; which is a modest way of begging, to avoid the law, that strictly forbids it, because they are provided for by the public, although indeed with a very scanty allowance.
For it is thus that people have been in the habit of proceeding with the marvellous churches of the Middle Ages
for the last two hundred years.
I know that you are interested and that you believe, and I know that the world, too, is interested, though they will not believe for many years; yes, for many ages
, since they cannot understand.
I saw no signs of extreme age
among them, nor is there any appreciable difference in their appearance from the age
of maturity, about forty, until, at about the age
of one thousand years, they go voluntarily upon their last strange pilgrimage down the river Iss, which leads no living Martian knows whither and from whose bosom no Martian has ever returned, or would be allowed to live did he return after once embarking upon its cold, dark waters.
Of the century and a half, from 1350 to 1500, which forms our third period, the most important part for literature was the first fifty years, which constitutes the age
And there are compositions of the same strain to be found in the books of all ages
At her age
she naturally shrank from revisiting the home scenes now occupied by the strangers to whom our house had been let.
Men of my age
flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says; and at our meetings the tale of my acquaintance commonly is--I cannot eat, I cannot drink; the pleasures of youth and love are fled away: there was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life.
He came of rich people down in Somersetshire, who had nursed this combination of qualities until they made the discovery that it was just of age
and a blockhead.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age
in Latin, or of the "great age
in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.