sighed her pretty niece; "remember that Louis is a conscript!"--"Silence, Annette.
Melindy following, in silence such as our blessed New England poet has immortalized,--silence that "--Like a poultice comes, To heal the blows of sound."
Scipio, on being interrupted by the mob in the Forum, exclaimed,--"Silence, ye stepsons of Italy!
Tears of joy and tenderness now bedewed the faces of both father and daughter:--silence for some moments succeeded the late acclamations; but Dorilaus at length finding her fully convinced she was as happy as he said she was, and entirely freed from all those apprehensions which had occasioned her flying from him, told her he was settled in Paris; that he lived just opposite to the house where she had stood up on account of the shower, and happening to be at one of his windows immediately knew her; that he sent a servant after her, who had enquired how long she had been arrived, and in what manner she came; that he had sent for her with no other intent then to make trial how she would resent it, and was transported to find her answer such as he hoped and had expected from her:--he added, that he had all the anxiety of a father to hear by what means she had been supported, and the motive which induced her to travel in the habit of a pilgrim, as the matter of the hotel had informed his servant; but that he would defer his satisfaction till she should be in a place more becoming his daughter.
He fell silent for a moment,--silenced, no doubt, by bitter memories.
What is 'insilence'?"
cried Mr. Blatchford, stamping violently--"silence, every one of you!"
Once more he had the instinctive desire to press himself into the earth, but his mind told him that absolute silence was the most necessary thing.
The whole German press, as well as the particular one where the work purports to have been printed, seems to be under the control of Stillschweigen and Co. --Silence and Company.
Night and silence- Who is here?
It was Lawrence who broke the silence-- "Is--this--what you--detectives--call the third degree?"
So we shuddered there in silence,-- For the stoutest held his breath, While the hungry sea was roaring And the breakers talked with Death.
Suddenly a shriek--the voice of FLORA--breaks the silence:-- "It rains!--oh, my complexion!"
Though it was my wish to avoid all abstruse philosophical investigations in this Essay, yet I feel that it is necessary to say a few words upon a subject generally considered as difficult to be explained, which is too intimately connected with the matter under consideration to be passed over in silence.-- A knowledge of the cause of the ascent of Smoke being indispensably necessary to those who engage in the improvement of Fire-places, or who are desirous of forming just ideas relative to the operations of fire, and the management of heat, I shall devote a few pages to the investigation of that curious and interesting subject.--And as many of those who may derive advantage from these inquiries are not much accustomed to philosophical disquisitions, and would not readily comprehend either the language or the diagrams commonly used by scientific writers to explain the phaenomena in question, I shall take pains to express myself in the most familiar manner, and to use such comparisons for illustration as may easily be understood.
The communication between the church and the convent is effected by a cloister,--a vaulted gallery surrounding a square, open space, where the brothers walk and meditate, but do not talk, except in undertone or whisper; for all the precincts are sacred, made for contemplation and silence,--a retreat from the noisy, barbaric world.
* * * * * SILENCE.--A FABLE.
And when life is o'er, and each must depart In quaking and silence,--abide with each heart; The songs of Thy saints then caught up to the skies, As waves of great waters shall thunderous rise!
I'll give ye my rifle"--then, after a short silence--"an' I'll throw in all the traps an' the canoe."
At the moment he was so cowed by fear that he would have given half his fortune to have secured the woman's silence,--and the man's.
Quel sujet le bourgeois avait-il de prendre la mouche?--A-t-il voulu passer l'affaire sous silence?--Comment s'est-il propose de se venger de ses parents?--Le diner a-t-il du etre triste ou gai?
The reminder silenced him for the moment.
"And now all is silenced,--Madrid, political interests, ardent struggles, human miseries, passions, disappointments, desires, all is hushed in that divine music.
The girl watched with some pleasure his rather awkward efforts to go about his work in silence,--evidently still believing her asleep.
Once more, the artist broke the silence,--facing his mother's friend with quiet resolution,--as though he felt himself forced to speak but knew not exactly how to begin. "
When they separated, with a deep mutual feeling, but in silence,--for they feared to break the religious charm which held them,--each found himself alone in the dark street, but in each was the memory of a vision which they could hardly understand.
All day my steps Have been amid the beautiful, the wild, The gloomy, the terrific; crystal founts Almost invisible in their serene And pure transparency, high pillared domes With stars and flowers, all fretted like the halls Of Oriental monarchs--rivers dark, And drear, and voiceless, as Oblivion's stream, That flows through Death's dim vale of silence,--gulfs All fathomless, down which the loosened rock Plunges, until its far-off echoes come Fainter and fainter, like the dying roll Of thunders in the distance.
"No fear of it," cried Bolton encouragingly; "it's made of material as tough as your own sinews, Grim, and won't give way easily, as the thumps it has withstood already prove.--Has it never struck you, Fred," he continued, turning to our hero who was plodding forward in silence--"has it never struck you that when things in this world get very bad, and we begin to feel inclined to give up, they somehow or other begin to get better?"
We drove back towards Geneva in silence,--he moody and I sullen,--and halfway there he broke out, saying that the fact that he wanted the drawing done ought to have been enough to make me do it.
fancied that the world would willingly let his reverberating words faint into whispers, and, at last, into utter silence?--his "metonymical, ironical, metaphorical, and synecdochal instruments of elocution, in all their several kinds, artificially affected, according to the nature of the subject, with emphatical expressions in things of great concernment, with catachrestical in matters of meaner moment; attended on each side respectively with an epiplectic and exegetic modification, with hyperbolical, either epitatically or hypocoristically, as the purpose required to be elated or extenuated, they qualifying metaphors, and accompanied with apostrophes; and, lastly, with allegories of all sorts, whether apologal, affabulatory, parabolary, aenigmatic, or paroemial"?
"I can only tell you, Dr. Silence"--his manner became exceedingly impressive--"that I reached sometimes a point of view whence all the great puzzle of the world became plain to me, and I understood what they call in the Yoga books 'The Great Heresy of Separateness'; why all great teachers have urged the necessity of man loving his neighbour as himself; how men are all really one; and why the utter loss of self is necessary to salvation and the discovery of the true life of the soul."
Silence--'nless ye want to be skinned!"
So they stood in silence,--no cry, no word, escaped.
Dunlap's reminiscences.-- Critics praise "Dying Hercules" CHAPTER VI JULY 10, 1813--APRIL 6, 1814 Letter from the father on economies and political views.--Morse deprecates lack of spirit in New England and rejoices at Wellington's victories.--Allston's poems.--Morse coat-of-arms.--Letter of Joseph Hillhouse.--Letter of exhortation from his mother.--Morse wishes to stay longer in Europe.--Amused at mother's political views.--The father sends more money for a longer stay.--Sidney exalts poetry above painting.--His mother warns him against infidels and actors.--Bristol.--Optimism.-- Letter on infidels and his own religious observances.--Future of American art.--He is in good health, but thin.--Letter from Mr. Visger.--Benjamin Burritt, American prisoner.--Efforts in his behalf unsuccessful.--Capture of Paris by the Allies.--Again expresses gratitude to parents.--Writes a play for Charles Mathews.--Not produced CHAPTER VII MAY 2, 1814--OCTOBER 11, 1814 Allston writes encouragingly to the parents.--Morse unwilling to be mere portrait-painter.--Ambitious to stand at the head of his profession.-- Desires patronage, from wealthy friends.--Delay in the mails.--Account of entree of Louis XVIII into London.--The Prince Regent.--Indignation at acts of English.--His parents relieved at hearing from him after seven months' silence.--No hope of patronage from America.--His brothers.-- Account of fetes.--Emperor Alexander, King of Prussia, Bluecher, Platoff.
What are the interjections of joy?--of praise?--of sorrow?--of wonder?--of wishing or earnestness?--of pain or fear?--of contempt?--of aversion?--of calling aloud?--of exultation?--of laughter?--of salutation?--of calling to attention?--of calling to silence?--of surprise or horror?--of languor?--of stopping?--of parting?--of knowing or detecting?--of interrogating?
And would the mad one shout shrieking defiance at the silence?--or go about on tip-toe, finger laid across his lips?
There is nothing so dangerous as to let a play, or an act, drag on when the audience feels in its heart that it is really over, and that "the rest is silence"--or ought to be.
Then he knelt down and prayed in silence,--prayed with a great love for his disobedient children; and, when he rose from his knees, anger and pain had been washed away from his face, and a serenity that is not of this world was there instead.
But the work was completed at last, and then came two days of rather significant silence,--quite incomprehensible to the girl.
Such was Pythagoras the silencer; Prometheus, Thales, Milesius, Who would all things of water should be made: Anaximander, Anaxamines, That positively said the air was God: Zenocrates, that said there were eight gods; And Cratoniates and Alcmaeon too, Who thought the sun and moon and stars were gods.
At a little distance, without silencers, they sound exactly like threshing machines.
Nothing more was said about the case, but the seed was sown, and as the evening passed, the wise old lady remarked that her son fell into moody silences and strode about restlessly.
Every colony, every agent for a matter colonial, has his tragic tale to tell you of his sad experiences in the Colonial Office; what blind obstructions, fatal indolences, pedantries, stupidities, on the right and on the left, he had to do battle with; what a world-wide jungle of red-tape, inhabited by doleful creatures, deaf or nearly so to human reason or entreaty, he had entered on; and how he paused in amazement, almost in despair; passionately appealed now to this doleful creature, now to that, and to the dead red-tape jungle, and to the living Universe itself, and to the Voices and to the Silences;--and, on the whole, found that it was an adventure, in sorrowful fact, equal to the fabulous ones by old knights-errant against dragons and wizards in enchanted wildernesses and waste howling solitudes; not achievable except by nearly superhuman exercise of all the four cardinal virtues, and unexpected favor of the special blessing of Heaven.
Napoleon paused; then after a minute's silence--"See," said he, "what our life is!
But he raised his hand for silence--"Soldiers, I have sworn a vow; Ere the evening star shall glisten on Schehallion's lofty brow, Either we shall rest in triumph, or another of the Graemes Shall have died in battle harness for his country and King James!
Made of all things that in the water sway, The quiet reed kissing the arrowhead, The willows murmuring, all a summer day, "Silence"--sweet word, and ne'er so softly said As here along this path of brooding peace, Where all things dream, and nothing else is done But all such gentle businesses as these Of leaves and rippling wind, and setting sun Turning the stream to a long lane of gold, Where the young moon shall walk with feet of pearl, And, framed in sleeping lilies, fold on fold.
And I think, O conscript fathers, that we ought not to pass over that fact either in silence,--that those illustrious men who are acting as ambassadors, Lucius Paullus, Quintus Thermus, and Caius Fannius, whose inclinations towards the republic you are thoroughly acquainted with, and also with the constancy and firmness of that favourable inclination, report that they turned aside to Marseilles for the purpose of conferring with Pompeius, and that they found him in a disposition very much inclined to go with his troops to Mutina, if he had not been afraid of offending the minds of the veterans.
There was a silence,--the men looking steadily at each other.
"Thy daughter," he added, after a moment of silence--"thy daughter, Sidi Hadji, is with child."
It is proud and proper to free the young fellow; proudly and properly she frees him; "suffers in silence"--till she marries another man; and (having had a convenient opportunity to refuse the original lover) overwhelms the reflective reader with a sense of poetic justice and the eternal fitness of things.