Like some other culture-heroes, he steals sun, moon and stars out of a box, so enlightening the dark earth.
2 In the hymn to Hermes the god figures as a precocious child (a type familiar in folk-lore), who when a new-born babe steals the cows of Apollo.
The fire, as an element, belongs to the Olympian Hephaestus; the Titan Prometheus, a more human character, steals it for the use of man.
For the most part he steals upon it in the manner of a cat, or ambushes himself near to the water or a pathway frequented by game.
Ktirsc,hner, Steals- Hof- mid Kommunalhandhuch des Reiches find der Eznzelstc,aten (Leipzig, 1900); P. Hage Grundriss der deutschen Staats- und Rechtskunde (Stuttgart, 1906) and for statistical matter chiefly the following: Centraiblatl f~ des deutsche Reich.
This is an enormous boa-constrictor of great length and weight, which drops upon his prey from the branch of a tree, or steals upon it in the thick grass.
A sinking man who clutches at another and drowns him; or a hungry mother exhausted by feeding her baby, who steals some food; or a man trained to discipline who on duty at the word of command kills a defenseless man-- seem less guilty, that is, less free and more subject to the law of necessity, to one who knows the circumstances in which these people were placed, and more free to one who does not know that the man was himself drowning, that the mother was hungry, that the soldier was in the ranks, and so on.