He wanted... needed an answer.
She was an only child who had been very welcome.
He pulled away from her, propping up on an elbow as he studied her face.
When Señor Medena introduced the girl as his daughter, Carmen caught her breath and looked at Alex for an explanation.
He had his full complement of workers so he thought he would make the deadline.
She snickered at the unintentional pun and Alex frowned, his gaze an unspoken question.
His attitude toward her did an about face so obvious that even Jonathan noticed.
"That was an awful big quake," replied Zeb, with a white face.
The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear.
"What an absurd creature!" he exclaimed.
To her surprise an unseen hand clutched her and held her suspended in the air.
"Wish I had an axe," said Zeb, who by now had unhitched the horse.
But is must be stated that the people of that Land were generally so well-behaved that there was not a single lawyer amongst them, and it had been years since any Ruler had sat in judgment upon an offender of the law.
"The piglet that belonged to the Princess wore an emerald collar," said Eureka, loudly enough for all to hear.
This was an odd way of proving something, for, as every one can readily see, it proved nothing.
He has been here about an hour.
Then, suddenly, an awkward half-grown boy who sat right in front of the master's desk turned squarely around and whispered to Tommy Jones, three desks away.
He swam to an island that was not far away.
They fastened each of these wheels to the end of an iron rod which they passed through the boat from side to side.
Almost anybody could rig up an old boat like that.
Leave the tripod in my care until we get an answer.
It is a simple premise and yet, at the same time, an article of faith—a faith that the future would be better than the past.
If you have an unwavering commitment to an idea that all things will be good all the time, then that is irrational.
I also see the pace of problem solving—and change in general—accelerating at an astonishing rate.
Had you been around then, would you have seen the inscrutable lines of cause and effect that connected the new technology Gutenberg pioneered and an unknown monk named Martin Luther?
When we only understand the new technology in terms of the old, how we use the new technology is also solely an extension of how we used the old technology.
But it is an electronic library bigger and better than any other library that has ever existed or even been contemplated by humans.
And if the Internet is an electronic debate, it is a more robust forum for debate than has ever before arisen on the planet, where you can find people expressing any viewpoint on any topic.
From the garden it looked like an arbour.
In those days a little coloured girl, Martha Washington, the child of our cook, and Belle, an old setter, and a great hunter in her day, were my constant companions.
He was a famous story-teller; after I had acquired language he used to spell clumsily into my hand his cleverest anecdotes, and nothing pleased him more than to have me repeat them at an opportune moment.
We lived a long way from any school for the blind or the deaf, and it seemed unlikely that any one would come to such an out-of-the-way place as Tuscumbia to teach a child who was both deaf and blind.
When I was about six years old, my father heard of an eminent oculist in Baltimore, who had been successful in many cases that had seemed hopeless.
But about this time I had an experience which taught me that nature is not always kind.
Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare.
Often if an accident happens to a gentleman's legs, they can be mended; but if a similar accident happens to the legs of his pantaloons, there is no help for it; for he considers, not what is truly respectable, but what is respected.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do, that has lain dusty in the garret for an indeterminate period.
When I ask for a garment of a particular form, my tailoress tells me gravely, "They do not make them so now," not emphasizing the "They" at all, as if she quoted an authority as impersonal as the Fates, and I find it difficult to get made what I want, simply because she cannot believe that I mean what I say, that I am so rash.
On the whole, I think that it cannot be maintained that dressing has in this or any country risen to the dignity of an art.
It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it.
However, if one designs to construct a dwelling-house, it behooves him to exercise a little Yankee shrewdness, lest after all he find himself in a workhouse, a labyrinth without a clue, a museum, an almshouse, a prison, or a splendid mausoleum instead.
Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
Tell me what this wretched war is for? she added, addressing Prince Vasili, and without waiting for an answer she turned to speak to his daughter, the beautiful Helene.
"It is very good of you, Monsieur Pierre, to come and visit a poor invalid," said Anna Pavlovna, exchanging an alarmed glance with her aunt as she conducted him to her.
On his way to the aunt he bowed to the little princess with a pleased smile, as to an intimate acquaintance.
Here the conversation seemed interesting and he stood waiting for an opportunity to express his own views, as young people are fond of doing.
"Madame, I doubt my ability before such an audience," said he, smilingly inclining his head.
From time to time she smoothed the folds of her dress, and whenever the story produced an effect she glanced at Anna Pavlovna, at once adopted just the expression she saw on the maid of honor's face, and again relapsed into her radiant smile.