So--with many a cold, deep heart-quake at the idea of at last coming into sordid contact with the world, from which she had so long kept aloof, while every added day of seclusion had rolled another stone against the cavern door of her hermitage--the poor thing bethought herself of the ancient shop-window, the rusty scales
, and dusty till.
In these very scales
shalt thou weigh me out,'' said the relentless Baron, ``a thousand silver pounds, after the just measure and weight of the Tower of London.
Daughter Betsey," said the mint-master, "get into one side of these scales
Four membranous wings covered with little colored scales
of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.
It was the Black Hole of Calcutta on a small scale
So saying, Joe, with enthusiasm, took his place on the scales
, and very nearly upset them in his ready haste.
The last dollar had been spent, the last resource and the last starving patriot milked dry, and the great adventure still trembled on the scales
The values of a thousand years glitter on those scales
, and thus speaketh the mightiest of all dragons: "All the values of things--glitter on me.
It might get noised about that the Pontelliers had met with reverses, and were forced to conduct their menage on a humbler scale
But everything depends on what scale
you look at things.
These piteous wrecks that are my comrades here say we have reached the bottom of the scale
, the final humiliation; they say that when a horse is no longer worth the weeds and discarded rubbish they feed to him, they sell him to the bull-ring for a glass of brandy, to make sport for the people and perish for their pleasure.
It may, perhaps, be fairly questioned, whether any other portion of the population of the earth could have endured the privations, sufferings and horrors of slavery, without having become more degraded in the scale
of humanity than the slaves of African descent.