In animals it has a more marked effect; for instance, I find in the domestic duck that the bones of the wing weigh less and the bones of the leg more, in proportion to the whole skeleton, than do the same bones in the wild-duck; and I presume that this change may be safely attributed to the domestic duck flying much less, and walking more, than its wild parent. The great and inherited development of the udders in cows and goats in countries where they are habitually milked, in comparison with the state of these organs in other countries, is another instance of the effect of use.
But hereditary diseases and some other facts make me believe that the rule has a wider extension, and that when there is no apparent reason why a peculiarity should appear at any particular age, yet that it does tend to appear in the offspring at the same period at which it first appeared in the parent. I believe this rule to be of the highest importance in explaining the laws of embryology.
All these arguments were well seconded by Thwackum, who dwelt a little stronger on the authority of parents
than Mr Blifil himself had done.
The plates succeeded each other swiftly and noiselessly in front of her, and the table was decked for dessert, and as the talk murmured on in familiar grooves, she sat there, rather like a judge, listening to her parents
, who did, indeed, feel it very pleasant when they made her laugh.
"To be sure he can; he can do more than you or I could, my dear; he can pick his parents
from the best in the city--and, therefore, he ought to be well provided."
laughed at the little man's words, but did not believe him for a moment.
He bribed all the household, he gave and offered gifts and presents to my parents
; every day was like a holiday or a merry-making in our street; by night no one could sleep for the music; the love letters that used to come to my hand, no one knew how, were innumerable, full of tender pleadings and pledges, containing more promises and oaths than there were letters in them; all which not only did not soften me, but hardened my heart against him, as if he had been my mortal enemy, and as if everything he did to make me yield were done with the opposite intention.
When the girls are twelve years old, which among them is the marriageable age, their parents
or guardians take them home, with great expressions of gratitude to the professors, and seldom without tears of the young lady and her companions.
The young lady was Miss Mercy Chant, the only daughter of his father's neighbour and friend, whom it was his parents
' quiet hope that he might wed some day.
If you say that no young lady would have behaved as I have presently to relate of Nicolete, that no parents
were ever so accommodating in the world of reality, I reply,--No doubt you are right, but none the less what I have to tell is true and really did happen, for all that.
The regiment was also a home, and as unalterably dear and precious as his parents
There was a considerable difference between the ages of my parents
, but this circumstance seemed to unite them only closer in bonds of devoted affection.