Endeavoring to orient himself, as a surveyor or navigator might say, the man moved his eyes slowly along its visible
length and at a distance of a quarter-mile to the south of his station saw, dim and gray in the haze, a group of horsemen riding to the north.
"It follows, then," continued Barbicane, without knitting his brows, "that the visible
face of the disc must be very agreeable to inhabit, since it always looks on either the sun when the moon is full, or on the earth when the moon is new."
And so, to save his life, he and his father and mother set sail from Glasgow and came to the small Canadian town of Brantford, where for a year he fought down his tendency to consumption, and satisfied his nervous energy by teaching "Visible
Speech" to a tribe of Mohawk Indians.
It was still in about the same place, but its surroundings were more visible
. It was now at the summit of what seemed to be a long white pole, near the top of which were two pendant white masses, like rudimentary arms or fins.
Everyone got up and began watching the movements of our troops below, as plainly visible
as if but a stone's throw away, and the movements of the approaching enemy farther off.
The sudden darkness was comparative, not absolute, for gradually all objects of his environment became again visible
Hence, all my Flatland friends -- when I talk to them about the unrecognized Dimension which is somehow visible
in a Line -- say, 'Ah, you mean BRIGHTNESS': and when I reply, 'No, I mean a real Dimension', they at once retort, 'Then measure it, or tell us in what direction it extends'; and this silences me, for I can do neither.
Just as in the Jewish prophets the reign of Messiah, or "the day of the Lord," or the suffering Servant or people of God, or the "Sun of righteousness with healing in his wings" only convey, to us at least, their great spiritual ideals, so through the Greek State Plato reveals to us his own thoughts about divine perfection, which is the idea of good--like the sun in the visible
world;--about human perfection, which is justice-- about education beginning in youth and continuing in later years-- about poets and sophists and tyrants who are the false teachers and evil rulers of mankind--about "the world" which is the embodiment of them--about a kingdom which exists nowhere upon earth but is laid up in heaven to be the pattern and rule of human life.
An enormous hole had been made by the impact of the projectile, and the sand and gravel had been flung violently in every direction over the heath, forming heaps visible
a mile and a half away.
She tried to weary herself into drowsiness by counting over and over again the bunches of roses that were visible
from her point of view.
The first impulse of navigation took its visible
form in that tideless basin freed from hidden shoals and treacherous currents, as if in tender regard for the infancy of the art.
And in a low voice, as the cart went slowly along through the midst of the gazing crowd, she poured forth her soul with the wrestling intensity of a last pleading, for the trembling creature that clung to her and clutched her as the only visible
sign of love and pity.