I have sought to impart this relief to the more serious passages in the book, not only because I believe myself to be justified in doing so by the laws of Art -- but because experience has taught me (what the experience of my readers will doubtless confirm) that there is no such moral phenomenon as unmixed tragedy to be found in the world around us
It grew colder and colder still, and fine, powdery snow began to fall, so that soon we and all around us
were covered with a white blanket.
Yes, we became very wakeful; so much so that our recumbent position began to grow wearisome, and by little and little we found ourselves sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us
, leaning against the head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two noses bending over them, as if our knee-pans were warming-pans.
On we toiled, the perspiration starting from our bodies in floods, our limbs torn and lacerated with the splintered fragments of the broken canes, until we had proceeded perhaps as far as the middle of the brake, when suddenly it ceased raining, and the atmosphere around us
became close and sultry beyond expression.
And while we ate and drank and laughed and chatted, the books around us
were weaving their spells.
Such is the lot For ever of the great and wise, Whose tombs around us
rise; Man honours where the grave remembers not.
I had the same feeling of mystery and danger around us
were solitudes of snow, arcades picked out in pearl and silver, long avenues of untrodden marble whence sprang the cathedral columns of the firs.
If the fall continues, the vapor of our breath will fall in snow around us
There is a terrible mystery around us
, madame, around you, around Christine, a mystery much more to be feared than any number of ghosts or genii
There are things going on around us
which no one can understand.
I have been frequently asked, when a slave, if I had a kind master, and do not remember ever to have given a negative answer; nor did I, in pursuing this course, consider myself as uttering what was absolutely false; for I always measured the kind- ness of my master by the standard of kindness set up among slaveholders around us