said Meg, assuming
a languid air which amused Laurie immensely.
The sun had already disappeared, and the woods, suddenly deprived of his light*, were assuming
a dusky hue, which keenly reminded him that the hour the savage usually chose for his most barbarous and remorseless acts of vengeance or hostility, was speedily drawing near.
Christie turned away, relapsing into her old resigned manner, and assuming
her household duties in a quiet, temporizing way that was, however, without hope or expectation.
They now went below stairs, where Phoebe--not so much assuming
the office as attracting it to herself, by the magnetism of innate fitness--took the most active part in preparing breakfast.
This, in fact -- a desire to put myself in my true position as editor, or very little more, of the most prolix among the tales that make up my volume -- this, and no other, is my true reason for assuming
a personal relation with the public.
But even assuming
all this to be true; yet, were it not for the whiteness, you would not have that intensified terror.
the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
Now, they say," said Haley, assuming
a candid and confidential air, "that this kind o' trade is hardening to the feelings; but I never found it so.
Upon either side we saw grim death, assuming
the most horrid shapes.
Weston's surprize, and felt that it must be great, at an address which, in words and manner, was assuming
to himself the right of first interest in her; and as for herself, she was too much provoked and offended to have the power of directly saying any thing to the purpose.
Miss Temple had looked down when he first began to speak to her; but she now gazed straight before her, and her face, naturally pale as marble, appeared to be assuming
also the coldness and fixity of that material; especially her mouth, closed as if it would have required a sculptor's chisel to open it, and her brow settled gradually into petrified severity.
I exclaimed, assuming
the cheerful; 'and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.