The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform
this task, but he could think of nothing, and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day, when he should be led to death.
Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, Resolve me of all ambiguities, Perform
what desperate enterprise I will?
I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed
upon a slender white thread, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground.
Each time he performed
the journey with greater swagger, but he never brought more than a few dollars at a time.
We may say that an "instinctive" movement is a vital movement performed
by an animal the first time that it finds itself in a novel situation; or, more correctly, one which it would perform
if the situation were novel.* The instincts of an animal are different at different periods of its growth, and this fact may cause changes of behaviour which are not due to learning.
And yet, let me add finally, never have I been so appalled and shocked by the world's cruelty as have I been appalled and shocked in the midst of happy, laughing, and applauding audiences when trained-animal turns were being performed
on the stage.
Each man lives for himself, using his freedom to attain his personal aims, and feels with his whole being that he can now do or abstain from doing this or that action; but as soon as he has done it, that action performed
at a certain moment in time becomes irrevocable and belongs to history, in which it has not a free but a predestined significance.
In this they acted only as gentlemen; but they were ready at any time to have performed
the office of a footman, or indeed would have condescended lower, for the honour of his lordship's company, and for the convenience of his table.
"It was work performed
! And now you feed me, when then you let me starve, forbade me your house, and damned me because I wouldn't get a job.
It was upon these appendages, fixed tightly on their real noses, that they performed
their gymnastic exercises.
For this error they were doubtless damned, for Christ's body is present only in the eucharist, though that sacrament may be performed
in more than one place simultaneously.
At the concert in the afternoon two very interesting things were performed
. One was a fantasia, King Lear; the other was a quartette dedicated to the memory of Bach.