I beg your pardon, sir, for the liberty I have taken in sending for you," said I; "but as I have just learnt your intention of leaving this place to-day, I feel it my duty to entreat that you will not on my account shorten
your visit here even an hour.
Philip remembered the story of the Eastern King who, desiring to know the history of man, was brought by a sage five hundred volumes; busy with affairs of state, he bade him go and condense it; in twenty years the sage returned and his history now was in no more than fifty volumes, but the King, too old then to read so many ponderous tomes, bade him go and shorten
it once more; twenty years passed again and the sage, old and gray, brought a single book in which was the knowledge the King had sought; but the King lay on his death-bed, and he had no time to read even that; and then the sage gave him the history of man in a single line; it was this: he was born, he suffered, and he died.
Lydgate did not mention to the Vicar another reason he had for wishing to shorten
the period of courtship.
He seemed to see himself dragging out a restless existence on the Continent--Cannes, Hyeres, Algiers, Cairo-- among smartly dressed, disabled men of every nationality; forever going on journeys that led nowhere; hurrying to catch trains that he might just as well miss; getting up in the morning with a great bustle and splashing of water, to begin a day that had no purpose and no meaning; dining late to shorten
the night, sleeping late to shorten
She privately resolved to shorten
her visit to Brighton.
Well, to shorten
this tedious story-- which, however, I thought it my duty to relate--on that night, while I was here alone and thinking of anything but him, that Chinaman came back for his pigtail.
That precious thirty minutes thus employed served to shorten
by just so much the day's labor.
Blifil, from his inexperience in the ways of women, and from his conceit of himself, took this behaviour for a modest assent to his courtship; and when, to shorten
a scene which she could no longer support, Sophia rose up and left the room, he imputed that, too, merely to bashfulness, and comforted himself that he should soon have enough of her company.
He had helped to shorten
its long tidal trough by taking shares in the lock at Teddington, and if he and other capitalists thought good, some day it could be shortened
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