This woman could bring me to the brink of insanity.
It was a time of plots and counterplots, when England seemed on the brink of another civil war.
The States of the Church, like France, were on the brink of bankruptcy.
That Dr Cornay was on the brink of making a discovery of considerable merit will by and by appear; but, with every disposition to regard his investigations favourably, it cannot be said that he accomplished it.
His whole life on the brink of destruction if it were recognized what he was doing.
The house lay behind a newly dug pond filled with water to the brink and with banks still bare of grass.
His head slammed against something hard and he lay there, momentarily stunned to the brink of unconsciousness before turning slowly to his side and opening his eyes.
Sufficient to say that in the opening quarter of the r4th century England and France at least stood on the brink of "modern times."
Robespierre, who was himself on the brink of the volcano, remembered the venomous sallies in the Journal de Paris.
At this time the state had been brought to the brink of ruin by the growth of avarice and luxury; there was a glaring inequality in the distribution of land and wealth, and the number of full citizens had sunk to 700, of whom about roc practically monopolized the land.
The country had been brought by the Austro-Hungarian war policy to the very brink of economic and financial ruin.
Wetzlar brought new friends and another passion, that for Charlotte Buff, the daughter of the Amtmann there - a love-story which has been immortalized in Werthers Leiden - and again the young poet's nature was obsessed by a love which was this time strong enough to bring him to the brink of that suicide with which the novel ends.
He found in 1653 his country brought to the brink of ruin through the war with England, which had been caused by the keen commercial rivalry of the two maritime states.
He was the last of those universal minds which have been able to compass all domains of human activity and knowledge; for he stood on the brink of an era of rapidly expanding knowledge which has made for ever impossible the universality of interest and sympathy which distinguished him.
The popular hatred of Godoy was roused to passion by these disasters, and~Spain seemed to stand on the brink of revolution.
I'd had a problem myself all along, not seeing Edith as being on the brink of suicide.
It seems as though there were always a number of young men hovering on the brink of such suicidal despair.
The provocative actions of the French Convention, especially their setting aside of the rights of the Dutch over the estuary of the Scheldt, had brought the two nations to the brink of war, when the execution of Louis XVI.
Avant l'annexion 912-1204 (Paris, 1899); "L'Esprit normand en Angleterre," La Poesie au moyen age (2nd series 45-74, Paris, 1906); Thomas Wright, Biographia britannica literaria (Anglo-Norman period, London, 1846); Ten Brink, Geschichte der englischen Litteratur (Berlin, 1877, i.
Bouger and La Condamine were the first to reach its brink in 1742, after which Humboldt made the ascent in 1802, Boussingault and Hall in 1831, Garcia Moreno and Sebastian Wisse in 1844 and 1845 (descending into the crater for the first time), Garcia Moreno and Jameson in 1857, Farrand and Hassaurek in 1862, Orton in 1867, and Whymper in 1880.
Readers of Dante know the idea that the dead have no shadows; this was no invention of the poet's but a piece of traditionary lore; at the present day among the Basutos it is held that a man walking by the brink of a river may lose his life if his shadow falls on the water, for a crocodile may seize it and draw him in; in Tasmania, North and South America and classical Europe is found the conception that the soul - o-tab., umbra - is somehow identical with the shadow of a man.
Its end led directly to the Cold War, which consumed inconceivable amounts of money and almost pushed the world to the brink of nuclear devastation.
Ten Brink, Beowulf, Untersuchungen (1888).
In the fine square called the Brink is the old weigh-house, now a school (gymnasium), built in r528,with a large external staircase (1644).