The two or three men who had tried to take advantage of her in a deal acquired
celebrity by their defeat.
She spent much of her time in the water since she had acquired
finally the art of swimming.
The spot acquired
a somewhat wilder grace, and yet a very gentle one, from the fact that a pair of robins had built their nest in the pear-tree, and were making themselves exceed ingly busy and happy in the dark intricacy of its boughs.
They were ancient sea -- captains, for the most part, who, after being tossed on every sea, and standing up sturdily against life's tempestuous blast, had finally drifted into this quiet nook, where, with little to disturb them, except the periodical terrors of a Presidential election, they one and all acquired
a new lease of existence.
She looked intensely grave, and I had never had such a sense of losing an advantage acquired
(the thrill of which had just been so prodigious) as on my consciousness that she addressed me with a reproach.
These pleadings, and the counter pleadings, being duly heard, the very learned judge in set terms decided, to wit, --That as for the boat, he awarded it to the plaintiffs, because they had merely abandoned it to save their lives; but that with regard to the controverted whale, harpoons, and line, they belonged to the defendants; the whale, because it was a Loose-Fish at the time of the final capture; and the harpoons and line because when the fish made off with them, it (the fish) acquired
a property in those articles; and hence anybody who afterwards took the fish had a right to them.
He had acquired
new standards of living, which were not easily to be altered.
Miss Moseley, who came into the house to help to do the dress-making, acquired
daily accessions of importance from the developments with regard to Miss Ophelia's wardrobe which she had been enabled to make.
Some travelers tell us that an Indian had no name given him at first, but earned it, and his name was his fame; and among some tribes he acquired
a new name with every new exploit.
Here I was, a giant among pig- mies, a man among children, a master intelligence among intellectual moles: by all rational measurement the one and only actually great man in that whole British world; and yet there and then, just as in the remote England of my birth-time, the sheep-witted earl who could claim long descent from a king's leman, acquired
at second-hand from the slums of London, was a better man than I was.
Even after I had acquired
full confidence, and no longer needed the agent's help, I sometimes encountered difficulties.
This was a two-story log house which had acquired
the reputation a few years ago of being haunted, and that was the end of its usefulness.