An indomitable courage and persistency meet us everywhere in his pages,--persistency, and also careful painstaking, and patience in sifting facts and gathering results.
The druid persisted:--"What profits blossom without fruit?"
Toward the end there were uncut leaves, as though even my single reader had failed in his persistence.
Half-crazed as I was, the fern-bed attracted me, as I said, and I flung myself wearily down on the leaves, whose healing and soothing odor stole up like a cloud all about me; and I lay there in the sun, noting with pertinacious accuracy every leaf or bloom that was within the range of sight,--the dark green leaves of the wax-flower springing from their red stem, veined and threaded with creamy white, stiff and quaint in form and growth,--the bending sprays of goldenrod that bowed their light and brittle stems over me, swaying gently to and fro in the gentle wind,--the tiny scarlet cups of moss that held a little drop of dew brimming over their rims of fire, a spark in the ashy gray moss-beds where they stood,--the shrinking and wan wood-asters, branched out widely, but set with meagre bloom,--every half-tint of the lichens, that scantily fed from the relentless granite rock, yet clung to its stern face with fearless persistence,--the rough seams and velvet green moss-tufts of the oak-trunks,--the light that pierced the dingy hue of oak-leaves with vivid and informing crimson: all these stamped themselves on my mind with inevitable minuteness; the great wheel of Fate rolled over me, and I bore the marks even of its ornamental rim; the grooves in its tire left traces of its track.
These persistencies, if a man has once satisfied himself of their direction and mastered their bearings and application, are just as cogent and valuable a guide to conduct, whether he publishes them ad urbem et orbem, or esteems them too strong meat for people who have, through indurated use and wont, lost the courage of facing unexpected truths.
Then for several years, with a persistency that no rebuffs could abate, and with a thick skin that no amount of ridicule could render sensitive, he follows Johnson; forces his way into the Literary Club, where he is not welcome, in order to be near his idol; carries him off on a visit to the Hebrides; talks with him on every possible occasion; and, when he is not invited to a feast, waits outside the house or tavern in order to walk home with his master in the thick fog of the early morning.
But remember that if your demands are too preposterous I will not for a moment listen to them, and that I am the last man in the world to submit to persistent and unwarrantable blackmail.
Frater autem Petrus de illis truffabat, eos multum deridendo, quem de mane vsque ad meridiem diuersis paenarum ac tormentorum generibus affixerunt ipso semper constantissime in fide, et in Dei laudibus persistente, et fidem illorum Machometi deridente et destruente.
Make a list of the things that most persistently distract your attention during study.
Tantus enim est calor solis ibi, quod si homo in eo per spacium vnius missae persisteret, moreretur; fratres tamen illi sani et hilares a tertia vsque ad nonam laudantes et glorificantes dominum in ardore solis permanserunt, quod videntes Saraceni stupefacti ad fratres venerunt, et dixerunt, volumus ignem accendere copiosum, et in illum vos proijcere, et si fides vestra sit vt dicitis, ignis non poterit vos comburere: si autem vos combusserit, patebit quod fides vestra nulla sit.
But, if thou persistest; if thou wilt avenge thyself on this sweet lamb which thou hast singled out from a flock thou hatest, for the faults of the dogs who kept it: if thou art not to be moved by beauty, by learning, by prudence, by innocence, all shining out in one charming object; but she must fall, fall by the man whom she has chosen for her protector; I would not for a thousand worlds have thy crime to answer for.
The Sultan (persisting).
Why then, you princes, Do you with cheeks abash'd behold our works And call them shames, which are, indeed, nought else But the protractive trials of great Jove To find persistive constancy in men; The fineness of which metal is not found In fortune's love?
The fact accordingly is, that in this production he is more obscure than a Pindaric poet of the seventeenth century; and more verbose "than even himself of yore"; while the wilfulness with which he persists in choosing his examples of intellectual dignity and tenderness exclusively from the lowest ranks of society, will be sufficiently apparent, from the circumstance of his having thought fit to make his chief prolocutor in this poetical dialogue, and chief advocate of Providence and Virtue, an old Scotch Pedlar--retired indeed from business--but still rambling about in his former haunts, and gossiping among his old customers, without his pack on his shoulders.
But, of course, if, later--I mean if he persists--' 'Oh, Edith, don't be a fool!
yet once more They're checked--hold back with speed--on either hand They nourish round--even yet persist--'Tis right, Away they spring; the rustling stubbles bend Beneath the driving storm.
Reprobi usque ad finem pertinaciter persistunt.
Now the spirit of man, the spirit subsistent, is deeper than both, not only deeper than the body and its life, but deeper than the soul; and the Spirit descendent and supersistent is higher than both.
The sons and grandsons of those men, it would seem, persist in the enterprise: they do not disown it; they will have it made good; will have themselves shot, if it be not made good.
persistantly questioned Hal. "
Tres autem anguli domus statim combusti fuerunt, angulo in quo steti cum ossibus saluo remanente: Supra me autem ignis se tenuit in modum aeris lucidi, nec descendit quamdiu ibi persistebam; quam cito autem cum ossibus exiui, statim tota pars illa sicut aliae priores igne consumpta est, et multa alia loca circumadiacentia combusta sunt.
I had great difficulty in procuring a room, but persisted in my inquiries until I succeeded.
"I say unless--" Greenleaf persisted-- "There is no 'unless.'
"Still, I don't believe she saw anything," Monk persisted--"a phantom Popinot, if anything."
Maxime however persisted,--doctus cum libro,--arguing that from one thing to another, this shock no matter how distant, might bring about a general explosion; but Clerambault, who was beginning to come out of his pleasant trance, smiled calmly, and said that nothing would happen.
Phinuit persisted--"just think for one moment--and do forget that pistol I know you've got in a handy pocket.
"Why did Dupont--or Popinot," Lanyard persisted--"murder de Lorgnes?
"But why"--persisted the artist--"why do you insist that my portrait of Mrs. Taine will be disastrous to my success, just to the degree that it is a work of genuine merit?"
"And you"--persisted the artist--"surely you are in the story."