With his characteristic
decision, without explanation or apology, he simply ceased working at painting.
'terrestrial' and 'two-footed' are predicated of the species 'man', but not present in it.
Grand is the characteristic
, in their conception, of some special animals called "heroes." And Napoleon, escaping home in a warm fur coat and leaving to perish those who were not merely his comrades but were (in his opinion) men he had brought there, feels que c'est grand,* and his soul is tranquil.
This is none the less true because the religion and morality are of the shallow sort characteristic
of Defoe, a man who, like Crusoe, would have had no scruples about selling into slavery a dark-skinned boy who had helped him to escape from the same condition.
But the garland of graceful stories which gives name to the volume, told by a party of girls on the evening of their assembling at school, are in the highest degree characteristic
of the brother and sister who were ever so successful in imparting to others their own enjoyment of books and people.
No one of this generation has any idea of the cause; but, considering the family characteristics
, we may take it for granted that though it was deep and violent, it was on the surface trivial.
This moderation towards those who are in error is one of the most characteristic
features of Socrates in the Republic.
Similarly dynamite may be exploded, thereby displaying its characteristic
properties, or may (with due precautions) be carted about like any other mineral.
While Captain Bonneville amused himself by observing the habits and characteristics
of this singular class of men, and indulged them, for the time, in all their vagaries, he profited by the opportunity to collect from them information concerning the different parts of the country about which they had been accustomed to range; the characters of the tribes, and, in short, everything important to his enterprise.
The two most remarkable are a young man who presents all the characteristics
of a period of national decadence; reminding me strongly of some diminutive Hellenised Roman of the third century.
Thou art to know, friend, that there are certain characteristics
in which most individuals of every profession and occupation agree.
Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a combina- tion of the characteristics
of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of archi- tecture.