Nor did it quit me when, late at night, I sat in the deserted parlour, lighted only by the glimmering coal-fire and the moon, striving to picture forth imaginary scenes, which, the next day, might flow out on the brightening page in many-hued description
I know there must be a long--long--epistle for me on the road, containing those descriptions
and incidents you promised to favour me with: how I long to read them, and to show them to my aunt Margaret, who, I believe, does not suspect you to be capable of doing that which I know, or rather feel, you can.
A never troubles himself to master the relationships of the characters, on which perhaps all the interest of the story depends: he 'skips' over all the descriptions
of scenery, and every passage that looks rather dull: he doesn't half attend to the passages he does read: he goes on reading merely from want of resolution to find another occupation--for hours after he ought to have put the book aside: and reaches the 'FINIS' in a state of utter weariness and depression
The pioneer in South Sea romance- -for the mechanical descriptions
of earlier voyagers are not worthy of comparison--this book has as yet met with no superior, even in French literature; nor has it met with a rival in any other language than the French.
it behoved me to learn the game itself; since, despite a thousand descriptions
of roulette which I had read with ceaseless avidity, I knew nothing of its rules, and had never even seen it played.
The Indians, as yet unacquainted with the artificial value given to some descriptions
of furs, in civilized life, brought quantities of the most precious kinds and bartered them away for European trinkets and cheap commodities.
Tom Platt, of course, could not keep his oar out of the business, but ranged alongside with enormous and unnecessary descriptions
of sails and spars on the old Ohio.
There are stalwart Bedouins of the desert here, and stately Moors proud of a history that goes back to the night of time; and Jews whose fathers fled hither centuries upon centuries ago; and swarthy Riffians from the mountains--born cut-throats--and original, genuine Negroes as black as Moses; and howling dervishes and a hundred breeds of Arabs--all sorts and descriptions
of people that are foreign and curious to look upon.
If in the descriptions
given by historians, especially French ones, we find their wars and battles carried out in accordance with previously formed plans, the only conclusion to be drawn is that those descriptions
Harrison was right, and she forced herself to expunge most of her beloved descriptions
, though it took three re-writings before the story could be pruned down to please the fastidious Mr.
Are the descriptions
concrete and accurate, or on the other hand purposely general (impressionistic) or carelessly superficial?
Noel, by comparing the young lady who is now in your company with the personal description
which follows these lines, and which has been communicated to me by a friend.