None of your savage brothers would properly complement such a beautiful little treasure, Romas, the woman had said with gentle humor.
"A'Ran looked pretty savage," she said with a shiver.
"Not much since being strung up by a savage at the bottom of the mountain, ma'am," Dan replied for him.
To explicate, however, and purge the meaning of that "strong heart" and "clean" which the savage after his fashion can wish and ask for, remained the task of the higher and more self-conscious types of religion.
They have, for example, a demon of the waterfall, a demon of wild-beast tracks, a demon which interferes with snares for wild-fowl, a baboon demon, which takes possession of dancers and causes them to perform wonderful feats of climbing, &c. But it is impossible to do more than deal with a few types, which will illustrate the main features of the demonology of savage, barbarous and semicivilized peoples.
The banshee is perhaps connected with ancestral or house spirits; the Wild Huntsman, the Gabriel hounds, the Seven Whistlers, &c., are traceable to some actual phenomenon; but the great mass of British goblindom cannot now be traced back to savage or barbarous analogues.
While this opportunity of educating and training a docile people was in the main neglected, savage abuse of power by their chiefs was prevented.
This was the period of those devastating raids which made the savage Magyar horsemen the scourge and the terror of Europe.
The day passed in confused and savage scuffles between the raw enthusiasts of either side, but by 5.30 P.M.
"What a horrid, savage beast!" exclaimed a piglet; "and after we've been such good friends, too, and played with one another!"
For around the corner had come two enormous savage beasts, treading so lightly that they were upon him before he was aware of their presence.
He bowed his head with as much dignity as he could muster toward the savage looking beasts, who in return nodded in a friendly way.
One day word came that a savage wolf had been seen in the forest.
In war, they were savage and cruel; for war always makes men so.
And Robert the Bruce was never again obliged to hide in the woods or to run from savage hounds.
They told stories of their wonderful feats with fowl, fish and quadruped--how many wild ducks and turkeys they had shot, what "savage trout" they had caught, and how they had bagged the craftiest foxes, outwitted the most clever 'possums and overtaken the fleetest deer, until I thought that surely the lion, the tiger, the bear and the rest of the wild tribe would not be able to stand before these wily hunters.
The little savage has learned her first lesson in obedience, and finds the yoke easy.
Would the savage have been wise to exchange his wigwam for a palace on these terms?
Bankruptcy and repudiation are the springboards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersets, but the savage stands on the unelastic plank of famine.
This is the reason he is poor; and for a similar reason we are all poor in respect to a thousand savage comforts, though surrounded by luxuries.
Perhaps it will be found that just in proportion as some have been placed in outward circumstances above the savage, others have been degraded below him.
As if only the savage dwelt near enough to Nature and Truth to borrow a trope from them.
It is now many years that men have resorted to the forest for fuel and the materials of the arts: the New Englander and the New Hollander, the Parisian and the Celt, the farmer and Robin Hood, Goody Blake and Harry Gill; in most parts of the world the prince and the peasant, the scholar and the savage, equally require still a few sticks from the forest to warm them and cook their food.
You know I always was a savage, and now am even more so.
We take up their cause, but it turns out that 'the enemy of the human race' pays no heed to our fine speeches and in his rude and savage way throws himself on the Prussians without giving them time to finish the parade they had begun, and in two twists of the hand he breaks them to smithereens and installs himself in the palace at Potsdam.
At the moment when Vereshchagin fell and the crowd closed in with savage yells and swayed about him, Rostopchin suddenly turned pale and, instead of going to the back entrance where his carriage awaited him, went with hurried steps and bent head, not knowing where and why, along the passage leading to the rooms on the ground floor.
During the whole of that period Napoleon, who seems to us to have been the leader of all these movements--as the figurehead of a ship may seem to a savage to guide the vessel--acted like a child who, holding a couple of strings inside a carriage, thinks he is driving it.
The motives of those who thronged from all sides to Moscow after it had been cleared of the enemy were most diverse and personal, and at first for the most part savage and brutal.