He found her cold little hand and clasped it in tense fingers--fingers that throbbed with the call to passion.
With this view, we must beg leave seriously to assure him, that the mere rhyming of the final syllable, even when accompanied by a certain number of feet; nay, although (which does not always happen) those feet should scan regularly, and have been all counted accurately upon the fingers-- is not the whole art of poetry.
If thou couldst lend me thy deft fingers----" "Surely," she answered, smiling up at him.
Aer ipse amore inficitur, as Heliodorus holds, the air itself is in love: for when Hero plaid upon her lute, "The wanton air in twenty sweet forms danc't After her fingers"------ and those lascivious winds stayed Daphne when she fled from Apollo; ------"nudabant corpora venti, Obviaque adversas vibrabant flamina vestes."
In 1747 he was assassinated, and all the crown-jewels slipped out of the dead man's fingers,--a common incident to mortality.
Surely it is a higher authority and more practical, which saith, "A wicked man walketh with a froward mouth; he speaketh with his feet; he teacheth with his fingers.--A man is known by his look, and a wise man by the air of his countenance."
Clerks, officials, lieutenants, soldiers--" he checked them off on his long-nailed fingers--"ah, Senor Simoun, I'm lost, I'm busted!"
May, with her green lap full of sprouting leaves and bright blossoms, her song-birds making the orchards and meadows vocal, and rippling streams and cultivated gardens; June, with full-blown roses and humming-bees, plenteous meadows and wide cornfields, with embattled lines rising thick and green; August, with reddened orchards and heavy-headed harvests of grain, October, with yellow leaves and swart shadows; December, palaced in snow, and idly whistling through his numb fingers;-all have their various charm; and in the rose-bowers of summer, and as we spread our hands before the torches of winter, we say joyfully, "Thou hast made all things beautiful in their time."
But when the Lord Chancellor left the woolsack to congratulate him, and with a smiling face extended his hand, the embittered young peer bowed coldly and stiffly, and simply held out two or three of his fingers,--an act of impudence for which there was no excuse.
"You just put your hands this way, right up under your hair,"--Polly spread out her fingers,--"and clutch at the scalp hard, as if you were going to pull it off.
Then the King muttered in his beard, "Now, blessed Saint Hubert, if thou wilt but jog that rogue's elbow so as to make him smite even the second ring, I will give eightscore waxen candles three fingers'-breadth in thickness to thy chapel nigh Matching."
He pointed to some barrels of beef on the deck, then to an empty barrel, and by significant gestures,--as the Mendians say, by 'talking with his fingers,'--he made them understand that they were to be slain, &c. At four o'clock that day, when they were called on deck to eat, Cinque found a nail, which he secreted under his arm.
This long articulated sigh of reminiscences,--this calenture which shows me the maple-shadowed plains of Berkshire and the mountain-circled green of Grafton beneath the salt waves that come feeling their way along the wall at my feet, restless and soft-touching as blind men's busy fingers,--is for that friend of mine who looks into the waters of the Patapsco and sees beneath them the same visions that paint themselves for me in the green depths of the Charles.
The Doctor sat fanning himself with his hat in one of the garden chairs; Miss Dallas occupied the other; she was chatting, and twisting her golden wools about her fingers,--it was noticeable that she used only golden wools that morning; her dress was pale blue, and the effect of the purples would not have been good.
for example, is not the remorseless, hollow monotony of it, while it so heightens the passion, as evident to Shakspeare as to us; or had he no ear for verse, and just let his words sound on as they would, looking only at the meaning, and counting his iambics on his fingers,--not too carefully either?
Will you let them in, to say their prayers And mock me through their fingers?--Tell these men To settle it, among their mouldy pockets, Whether they keep their oath.
Their form of contract in buying and selling is remarkable, being done in the profoundest silence, only by touching each other's fingers:--The buyer, loosening his pamerin, or girdle, spreads it on his knee; and both he and the seller, having their hands underneath, by the intercourse of the fingers, mark the price of pounds, shillings, &c., demanded, offered, and at length agreed on.
Is no mention to be made of you--you, "molasses fingers"--the star left fielder--the timely batter?
In the first place," continued the captain, jerking at his line, and then beginning to count on his fingers--"There is the 'man- rope;' then come the 'bucket-rope,' the 'tiller-rope,' the 'bolt- rope,' the 'foot-rope,' the 'top-rope,' and the 'limber-rope.'
"Behold another ... in every thing as ridiculous, in some more vile-- that big-bone'd, buxom, brown Woman.... Of all the Gods there is none she acknowledges but Phoebus, him she frequently implores for assistance, to charm her Lovers with the Spirit of Poetry.... She pretends, however, to have an intimate acquaintance with the Muses-- has judgment enough to know that ease and please make a Rhyme, and to count ten Syllables on her Fingers.--This is the Stock with which she sets up for a Wit, and among some ignorant Wretches passes for such; but with People of true Understanding, nothing affords more subject of ridicule, than that incoherent Stuff which she calls Verses.--She bribed, with all the Favours she is capable of conferring, a Bookseller Curll (famous for publishing soft things) to print some of her Works, "The Amours of Clio and Strephon," 1719 on which she is not a little vain: tho' she might very well have spared herself the trouble.
the bachelor, softening with the sound of her voice, and the recollections of his younger days, "we beat the French everywhere--in America--in Germany;--we took--(counting on his fingers)--we took Quebec--yes, Lord Gosford lost a cousin there; and we took all the Canadas; and we took their fleets: there was a young man killed in the battle between Hawke and Conflans, who was much attached to Lady Juliana--poor soul!
"The vikings," he informed her--and his Library manner had settled upon him now to the very tips of his fingers--"were pirates.