Nevertheless, if the Germans could obtain the route north of the Black Sea, they would with reason consider the war a successful venture because it would give them the opportunity to rebuild the imperial power and to carry out the Prussian ambition of world-mastery.
In her early youth, she had been a lively and piquant brunette, with black, glossy hair, combed over a smooth and prominent forehead, and dark, brilliant eyes, a style of beauty much in vogue at that period.
But when it was dark an inward voice whispered, "You are a thief!"
They were gashed with numberless ravines; and as the sky had suddenly darkened, and a cold gusty wind arisen, the strange shrubs and the dreary hills looked doubly wild and desolate.
All these endeavors to put off the nascetur ridiculus mus--to avoid showing the funny little creature that is born after such mighty throes--often make it difficult to know what it is that they really mean.
Still, the veiled picture remained in his soul, making the beauty of all other women seem dim.
Far and wide over the dusky crowds beamed the blaze like a star of promise.
"I don't know her," I said, "but I've seen her; a charming looking woman, about forty-five, with a gloomy-faced husband--a fellow who might be rather a Tartar to live with.
Yes, I wept in manhood upon the grave, as I had in infancy upon the bosom, of my mother.
Now, in the middle part of the third hour, the air of the Gorge did begin that it was heavy, and to have a seeming of fumes that stang something upon the throat, odd whiles.
He was a powerful swimmer, but without a line by which he and any one he might rescue could be pulled to shore, his task was laborious and dangerous.
I think the curtain will soon go up for the last act of the drama, but the plot is obscure and I do not know the end."
Are you serious?
We might hastily think that the solemn curse pronounced against a nation, or a district, was an unmeaning ceremony, with its "bell, book, and candle," to terrify only the weakminded.
The Commission's clerk, a big, red-faced, jovial fellow, informed Hanford that price was not nearly so essential as time of delivery; that although the contract glittered with alluring bonuses and was heavily weighted with forfeits, neither bonuses nor forfeitures could in the slightest manner compensate for a delay in time.