There was a regular set of us, men of the best society, eight years ago; we had a fine time.
"It was my own doing, not leaving the country, and nearly a year ago Marfa Petrovna gave me back the document on my name- day and made me a present of a considerable sum of money, too.
But under this immediate personal trial Nancy was so firmly unmurmuring, that years ago she had suddenly renounced the habit of visiting this drawer, lest she should in this way be cherishing a longing for what was not given.
Had she really been right in the resistance which had cost her so much pain six years ago, and again four years ago--the resistance to her husband's wish that they should adopt a child?
Heidegger, with a sigh, "this same withered and crumbling flower, blossomed five and fifty years ago. It was given me by Sylvia Ward, whose portrait hangs yonder; and I meant to wear it in my bosom at our wedding.
Heidegger, "which Ponce De Leon, the Spanish adventurer, went in search of two or three centuries ago?"
the lord of the manor planted certain fruit trees on our farm; in the best part of it, too -- a grievous wrong and shame --"
The Trifels people, in their day, five hundred years ago
, could go and muse over majestic ruins that have vanished, now, to the last stone.
After all, they were less human and more remote than our cannibal ancestors of three or four thousand years ago
. And the intelligence that would have made this state of things a torment had gone.
It was polished and hard, and in as excellent a state of preservation as if the dread tragedy on Calvary had occurred yesterday instead of eighteen centuries ago
. But these confiding people believe in that piece of wood unhesitatingly.
"More than twenty years ago
," she said with a soft huskiness in her voice, and a tremor and a sweetness, as if she did not know that in twenty years all love stories are grown mouldy.
"You spoke, a little time ago
," she continued, "of some great crisis with which your country might soon come face to face.