He says there are no absolute values "good" and "evil"; these are mere means adopted
by all in order to acquire power to maintain their place in the world, or to become supreme.
To adopt a child, because children of your own had been denied you, was to try and choose your lot in spite of Providence: the adopted
child, she was convinced, would never turn out well, and would be a curse to those who had wilfully and rebelliously sought what it was clear that, for some high reason, they were better without.
The matter was simple; Claude Frollo had taken him in, had adopted
him, had nourished him, had reared him.
The general and the major offered some objections; nevertheless, the proposition, actively supported by the secretary, was definitely adopted
There are three different ways in which two states may be blended and joined together; for, in the first place, all those rules may be adopted
which the laws of each of them have ordered; as for instance in the judicial department, for in an oligarchy the rich are fined if they do not come to the court as jurymen, but the poor are not paid for their attendance; but in democracies they are, while the rich are not fined for their neglect.
The first was to obey the laws and customs of my country, adhering firmly to the faith in which, by the grace of God, I had been educated from my childhood and regulating my conduct in every other matter according to the most moderate opinions, and the farthest removed from extremes, which should happen to be adopted
in practice with general consent of the most judicious of those among whom I might be living.
I do not deny that my surprise equals my pleasure at finding you with your adopted
mother and that, after what happened between us yesterday, after what you said and what I was able to guess, I hardly expected to see you here so soon.
He had been taken to that town by some good persons distantly related to his dead father, and by them adopted
and tenderly cared for.
We have no children of our own, therefore I adopted
the son of a favorite slave, and determined to make him my heir.
son, sir, that Jones, that wretch whom you nourished in your bosom, hath proved one of the greatest villains upon earth.
Finding us distinguished, as a nation, by our love of athletic exercises, the little man, in the innocence of his heart, devoted himself impromptu to all our English sports and pastimes whenever he had the opportunity of joining them; firmly persuaded that he could adopt our national amusements of the field by an effort of will precisely as he had adopted
our national gaiters and our national white hat.
Brownlow went on, from day to day, filling the mind of his adopted
child with stores of knowledge, and becoming attached to him, more and more, as his nature developed itself, and showed the thriving seeds of all he wished him to become--how he traced in him new traits of his early friend, that awakened in his own bosom old remembrances, melancholy and yet sweet and soothing--how the two orphans, tried by adversity, remembered its lessons in mercy to others, and mutual love, and fervent thanks to Him who had protected and preserved them--these are all matters which need not to be told.