They were continually together, nor could the unfortunate Evadne read the monosyllable that designated his name, without, at the same time, being presented with the image of her who was the faithful companion of all his labours and pleasures. They, their Excellencies, met her eyes in each line, mingling an evil potion that poisoned her very blood.
But.... Speaking with Gwen alone on his way out, he ended on this monosyllable. "What does that 'but' mean, doctor?" "Means that you mustn't expect too much. I suppose you know that the mildest stimulant means reaction." "I don't know that I ever thought about it, but I'll take your word for it." "Well you may. And you may take my word for this.
You imply that, though a better novel may be written by others, you do not expect to write a novel to which, taken as a novel, you would more decisively and unblushingly prefix that voucher of personal authorship and identity conveyed in the monosyllable 'My. And if you have written your best, let it be ever so bad, what can any man of candour and integrity require more from you?
We hardly call up the picture of a return to Christian Communism whenever we mention Wimbledon Common. This truth descends to such trifles as the titles which we write on letters and postcards. The puzzling and truncated monosyllable "Esq." is a pathetic relic of a remote evolution from chivalry to snobbery. No two historic things could well be more different than an esquire and a squire.
His notion of pleasure was getting drunk and making love to Miss Poppy Grace; the love he made was better described by a stronger and coarser monosyllable, and he had used his imagination to glorify it.
Lavendar talked a good deal, but rather at random. He was confounded by the situation. Had he made a mistake, after all, in insisting upon this interview? In his own mind he was asking for wisdom, but aloud he spoke of the weather. His host gave no conversational assistance except an occasional monosyllable, and his senior warden was absolutely dumb.
"It is so sad, and she is so patient and so energetic," said Grace, using her favourite monosyllable in peace, out of Rachel's hearing. "You would say so, indeed, if you really knew her, or how she has found strength and courage for me through all the terrible sutfering." "Then does she suffer so much?" "Oh, no, not now! That was in the first years." "It was not always so." "No, indeed!
Then the roving eyes came back to the older woman and settled with unconcealed curiosity upon her lined and sharply cut features. Beneath the intentness of the scrutiny Ellen colored uneasily. "Well?" she demanded tartly. Lucy started. "You seem to have made up your mind about me," went on the rasping voice. "Am I what you expected?" "No." The monosyllable came quietly.
Only, it does not perceive that all which it has denied it admits in the lump, simply by the utterance of the word, mind. In short, no way is open to the thought by a philosophy which makes all end in the monosyllable, No. To No there is only one reply, Yes. Nihilism has no point. There is no such thing as nothingness. Zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.
Edward, who perceived that the address was in Rose's hand-writing, retired to peruse it, leaving the faithful bearer to continue his exercise until the piper or he should be tired out. The contents of the letter greatly surprised him. It had originally commenced with 'Dear Sir'; but these words had been carefully erased, and the monosyllable 'Sir' substituted in their place.
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