To Pete's visible distress she turned to the mere
boy, bringing him speedily from a terrific rage.
Meanwhile acquaintance with Carlyle had combined with experience to convince him of the comparative ineffectualness of mere
art-criticism as a social and religious force.
Still in default of practical experience what was the value of mere
While the epic mania, while the idea that to merit in poetry prolixity is indispensable, has for some years past been gradually dying out of the public mind, by mere
dint of its own absurdity, we find it succeeded by a heresy too palpably false to be long tolerated, but one which, in the brief period it has already endured, may be said to have accomplished more in the corruption of our Poetical Literature than all its other enemies combined.
He spoke of the value of all he read into it, into the mere
sight of the walls, mere
shapes of the rooms, mere
sound of the floors, mere
feel, in his hand, of the old silver-plated knobs of the several mahogany doors, which suggested the pressure of the palms of the dead the seventy years of the past in fine that these things represented, the annals of nearly three generations, counting his grandfather's, the one that had ended there, and the impalpable ashes of his long-extinct youth, afloat in the very air like microscopic motes.
When cattle are driven into the valley of the Wolgan by a path (which I descended), partly natural and partly made by the owner of the land, they cannot escape; for this valley is in every other part surrounded by perpendicular cliffs, and eight miles lower down, it contracts from an average width of half a mile, to a mere
chasm, impassable to man or beast.
If you gave her expensive presents and an unlimited credit account, she complained that you looked on her as a mere
doll; and if you didn't, she called you a screw.
The expenses arising from those institutions which are relative to the mere
domestic police of a state, to the support of its legislative, executive, and judicial departments, with their different appendages, and to the encouragement of agriculture and manufactures (which will comprehend almost all the objects of state expenditure), are insignificant in comparison with those which relate to the national defense.
"Even if I had no other motive than mere
curiosity," Alban answered, "I think I should go on.
There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere
attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason.
In justification of the highly unprofessional sacrifice to mere
curiosity which I thus made, permit me to remind anybody who may read these lines, that no living person (in England, at any rate) can claim to have had such an intimate connexion with the romance of the Indian Diamond as mine has been.
Moss; but to all his requirements of household economy she was submissive to the point of denying herself the cheapest indulgences of mere
flavor; her only rebellion was to smuggle into the kitchen something that would make rather a better supper than usual for Tom.