"I only wished to say that this 'distortion,' as Evgenie Pavlovitch expressed it, is met with very often, and is far more the general rule
than the exception, unfortunately for Russia.
Most of the animals and plants which live close round any small piece of ground, could live on it (supposing it not to be in any way peculiar in its nature), and may be said to be striving to the utmost to live there; but, it is seen, that where they come into the closest competition with each other, the advantages of diversification of structure, with the accompanying differences of habit and constitution, determine that the inhabitants, which thus jostle each other most closely, shall, as a general rule, belong to what we call different genera and orders.
But as a general rule, the more diversified in structure the descendants from any one species can be rendered, the more places they will be enabled to seize on, and the more their modified progeny will be increased.
Similarly the existence of a master necessitates the existence of a slave, and that of a slave implies that of a master; these are merely instances of a general rule
. Moreover, they cancel one another; for if there is no double it follows that there is no half, and vice versa; this rule also applies to all such correlatives.
I HAVE already mentioned that the influence exerted over the people of the valley by their chiefs was mild in the extreme; and as to any general rule
or standard of conduct by which the commonality were governed in their intercourse with each other, so far as my observation extended, I should be almost tempted to say, that none existed on the island, except, indeed, the mysterious 'Taboo' be considered as such.
Two gentlemen (exceptions to the general rule
) were alone in the library.
"I lay it down as a general rule
, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.
"I should no more lay it down as a general rule
that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes.
But a sister of the late lord is so near a relative as to be an exception to general rules
. If Sir Theodore Barville puts it on that footing, the lawyers, even if they do not allow his wife to look at the report, will at least answer any discreet questions she may ask referring to it.
Intellectual Property Defines Exceptions to the General Rule
That Everything Is Free To Copy
The general rule
is that these branches can be cut back to the boundary line, but you would then have to make sure that anything cut offis handed back to your neighbour.
The general rule
is that when a couple buy a property as joint owners, they will own a property in equal shares, unless they make a declaration to say otherwise.