When an easy-tempered man does assert
himself in his family, the rarity of the demonstration invariably has its effect; and the will of that easy-tempered man is Law.
The intention with which he had done what he had done, even although he had left it incomplete, presented it before him in an aspect that would be gratefully acknowledged in France on his presenting himself to assert
But said one of the four servants, "Unless, indeed, this is a deliberate joke, I cannot bring myself to believe that men so intelligent as those present are, or seem to be, can venture to declare and assert
that this is not a basin, and that not a pack-saddle; but as I perceive that they do assert
and declare it, I can only come to the conclusion that there is some mystery in this persistence in what is so opposed to the evidence of experience and truth itself; for I swear by"- and here he rapped out a round oath- "all the people in the world will not make me believe that this is not a barber's basin and that a jackass's pack-saddle.
But here, Truth, who loves to be centrally located, is again found between the two extremes; for cannibalism to a certain moderate extent is practised among several of the primitive tribes in the Pacific, but it is upon the bodies of slain enemies alone, and horrible and fearful as the custom is, immeasurably as it is to be abhorred and condemned, still I assert
that those who indulge in it are in other respects humane and virtuous.
Having, therefore, as you assert
, so many causes of complaint against him, show your courage in seeking him out, and afford him an opportunity of giving you that satisfaction you seem to ask of every one but of himself.
But the fool's neighbor, who is a step higher on the Andes of the mind, whose head(that is to say, his more exalted thought) is too far above the fool to be seen or understood, but whose feet (by which I mean his everyday actions) are sufficiently near to be discerned, and by means of which that superiority is ascertained, which but for them would never have been discovered-this neighbor asserts
that Shakespeare is a great poet--the fool believes him, and it is henceforward his opinion.
He alone then understood the meaning of the French army's inactivity, he alone continued to assert
that the battle of Borodino had been a victory, he alone- who as commander in chief might have been expected to be eager to attack- employed his whole strength to restrain the Russian army from useless engagements.
that she knew me by sight as the wife of Eustace, and that she had waited on the sands and dropped her letter for the express purpose of making acquaintance with me, was also to assert
every one of these monstrous probabilities to be facts that had actually happened!
Circumstances may arise--I won't waste time in guessing at what they may be--which will enable a third person to produce the landlady and the waiter at Craig Fernie in evidence against you--and to assert
that your declaration and Miss Silvester's declaration are the result of collusion between you two.
No doubt it would, in its anxiety, run off to the police, and then to the "Hue and Cry" office, to announce that "the finder will be handsomely rewarded," and at last away to the hospital; yet we may boldly assert
that the soul is shrewdest when it shakes off every fetter, and every sort of leading-string--the body only makes it stupid.
Now to say that the honour I here mean, and which was, I thought, all the honour I could be supposed to mean, will uphold, much less dictate an untruth, is to assert
an absurdity too shocking to be conceived.
Feeling bound, after what had passed in my presence that afternoon, to assert
the innocence of my admirable friend, whenever I found it called in question--I own to having also felt bound to include in the accomplishment of this righteous purpose, a stinging castigation in the case of Mr.