To be a priest!—that is, to be chaste, to never love, to observe no distinction of sex or age, to turn from the sight of all beauty, to put out one’s own eyes, to hide for ever crouching in the chill shadows of some church or cloister, to visit none but the dying, to watch by unknown corpses, and ever bear about with one the black soutane as a garb of mourning for oneself, so that your very dress might serve as a pall for your coffin.
The Professor and I crouched down behind our rock, and held our weapons ready; I could see that he was determined that they should not pass.
Miss Dartle placed herself in a chair, within view of the door, and looked downward, as if Emily were crouching on the floor before her.
The lunatic, still crouching at the other side, made no aggressive movement, merely staring with lack-lustre eyes at the new arrival.
The monks in the garden saw him, and since he crouched for many hours, and dust was gathering on his gray hair, one of them came to him and placed two bananas in front of him.
When they returned to the hall Bobby shrank from the picture of his grandfather still crouched by the fire, his shoulders twitching, his fingers about the black briar pipe shaking.
Frank crouched beside her.
Another moment, and he sees Terry spring from his horse, throw the reins to a trooper, and run crouching up toward the crest; then, on hands and knees, peep cautiously over, removing his hat as he does so.
Old Pretty by this time had looked round, puzzled; and seeing two people crouching under her where, by immemorial custom, there should have been only one, lifted her hind leg crossly.
It is impossible to overstate the vividness of these images, and yet I was so intent, all the time, upon him himself,—who would not be intent on the tiger crouching to spring!—that I knew of the slightest action of his fingers.
Looking back he saw the old man and the young girl crouching over the blazing fire, while the three animals stood motionless in the back-ground.
Who crouched beneath your spurn?—He has no pity!
So I crouched against the wall, and waited with a beating heart.
For here no spy can crouch behind a screen And through his ears store up our treasured thoughts.
She sank down on the sofa again, crouching among the festive ripples of her dress like a stricken masquerader; and the young man stood by the fireplace and continued to gaze at her without moving.
And there came a day when the hawk's shadow did not drive him crouching into the bushes.
Coming around a huge boulder, they found a young Cow crouched before a cookfire.
(Edy Boardman, sniffling, crouched with Bertha Supple, draws her shawl across her nostrils.)
The worthy woman bustled off, and I crouched nearer the fire; my head felt hot, and the rest of me chill: moreover, I was excited, almost to a pitch of foolishness, through my nerves and brain.
In absolute silence we crouched amongst the bushes, waiting for whatever might come.
And presently, turning suddenly, with an odd feeling of being watched, I beheld something crouching amid a clump of bushes.
He decided that it was about time for him to move and get his own mail, when he became aware of something dark and shapeless crouching along close under the post-office end of the building and slowly and cautiously approaching the window from which the light was streaming.