His right hand (which seemed to me somewhat hairy and sinewy, a sign of great strength in its owner) lay on the side of his heart; but before I could put any question to Montesinos, he, seeing me gazing at the tomb in amazement, said to me, 'This is my friend Durandarte, flower and mirror of the true lovers and valiant knights of his time.
“You are, I see, a man of great strength of character” he said;“as you have dared to serve the truth, even when by doing so yourisked incurring the contempt of all.”
He was a broadshouldered loose-limbed swarthy fellow of great strength, never in a hurry, and always slouching.
It took pulleys of great strength to hoist this dugong onto the platform.
The prosecutor could only draw one conclusion: that the man hadjumped back “at such a moment and in such excitement simply with theobject of ascertaining whether the only witness of his crime weredead; that he must therefore have been a man of great strength,coolness, decision, and foresight even at such a moment,”… and soon.
Support and sustain alike signify to hold up or keep up, to prevent from falling or sinking; but sustain has a special sense of continuous exertion or of great strength continuously exerted, as when we speak of sustained endeavor or a sustained note; a flower is supported by the stem or a temple-roof by arches; the foundations of a great building sustain an enormous pressure; to sustain life implies a greater exigency and need than to support life; to say one is sustained under affliction is to say more both of the severity of the trial and the completeness of the upholding than if we say he is supported.
In the case of both Orders this close contact with the laity irrespective of class was a source of great strength and influence.
The position was, moreover, of great strength, being surrounded by deep ravines and pools of water.
One of the members forthe affirmative offered several arguments of great strength andweight, alleging, “that as the Yahoos were the most filthy,noisome, and deformed animals which nature ever produced, so theywere the most restive and indocible, mischievous and malicious;they would privately suck the teats of the Houyhnhnms’ cows, killand devour their cats, trample down their oats and grass, if theywere not continually watched, and commit a thousand otherextravagancies.”
He is a man of great strength of character,—of unusual intellect, considering the few advantages he has had.’