This is why the attainment of proficiency, the pushing of your skill
with attention to the most delicate shades of excellence, is a matter of vital concern.
The sound of the trumpets soon recalled those spectators who had already begun to leave the field; and proclamation was made that Prince John, suddenly called by high and peremptory public duties, held himself obliged to discontinue the entertainments of to-morrow's festival: Nevertheless, that, unwilling so many good yeoman should depart without a trial of skill
, he was pleased to appoint them, before leaving the ground, presently to execute the competition of archery intended for the morrow.
'I dare not shoot at him,' said the huntsman, 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also.' 'Then I will try my skill
,' said the thief, and went and stole her away from under the dragon, so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it, but went on snoring.
"You came here to favour us with your skill
on the harp, Miss Henly?"
But, in spite of Rawdon's undoubted skill
and constant successes, it became evident to Rebecca, considering these things, that their position was but a precarious one, and that, even although they paid scarcely anybody, their little capital would end one day by dwindling into zero.
Money then being established as the necessary medium of exchange, another species of money-getting spon took place, namely, by buying and selling, at probably first in a simple manner, afterwards with more skill
and experience, where and how the greatest profits might be made.
"Nay, if your worship can accomplish that," answered Master Brackett, "I shall own you for a man of skill
"As to whether you turn your back or not, I do not concern myself," replied the master of fence; "though it might be that your grave would be dug on the spot where you planted your foot the first time; I mean that you would be stretched dead there for despising skill
with the sword."
At the moment of his arrival a small yacht was under trial in the bay; this yacht had been built by order of an Englishman, who, having heard that the Genoese excelled all other builders along the shores of the Mediterranean in the construction of fast-sailing vessels, was desirous of possessing a specimen of their skill
; the price agreed upon between the Englishman and the Genoese builder was forty thousand francs.
He went to work with a kind of blind desperation, observing, at the same time, all the externals of decent gravity and great skill
, The sufferer’s name was Milligan, and it was to this event that Richard alluded, when he spoke of assisting the doctor at an amputation by holding the leg!
Make no banaar's boast of skill
; Hold thy peace above the kill.
These qualities, it is true, are those pre-eminently of the "Works and Days": the literary values of the "Theogony" are of a more technical character, skill
in ordering and disposing long lists of names, sure judgment in seasoning a monotonous subject with marvellous incidents or episodes, and no mean imagination in depicting the awful, as is shown in the description of Tartarus (ll.