But, as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed
, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience, it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of ourself, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.
The poor, worn-down, brutalized creatures, at first, could scarce comprehend this; but, when it was continued week after week, and month after month, it began to awaken long-silent chords in their benumbed
In the snowy wastes near the summit they came upon five bodies, lying upon their sides in a reposeful attitude which suggested that possibly they had fallen asleep there, while exhausted with fatigue and hunger and benumbed
with cold, and never knew when death stole upon them.
I bid them be quiet, now that they saw me returned, and, benumbed
to my very heart, I dragged up-stairs; whence, after putting on dry clothes, and pacing to and fro thirty or forty minutes, to restore the animal heat, I adjourned to my study, feeble as a kitten: almost too much so to enjoy the cheerful fire and smoking coffee which the servant had prepared for my refreshment.
It is so cold, so dark, my senses are so benumbed
, and the gloom upon me is so dreadful.
Hush, senor," said Sancho, "don't talk that way, but open your eyes, and come and pay your respects to the lady of your thoughts, who is close upon us now;" and with these words he advanced to receive the three village lasses, and dismounting from Dapple, caught hold of one of the asses of the three country girls by the halter, and dropping on both knees on the ground, he said, "Queen and princess and duchess of beauty, may it please your haughtiness and greatness to receive into your favour and good-will your captive knight who stands there turned into marble stone, and quite stupefied and benumbed
at finding himself in your magnificent presence.
We contrived to make the blood circulate in our benumbed
limbs by rubbing them vigorously with our hands; and after performing our ablutions in the stream, and putting on our still wet clothes, we began to think it advisable to break our long fast, it being now twenty-four hours since we had tasted food.
The fisherman, benumbed
by the cold night air, replied in a hoarse voice, asking what they wanted of him.
They were so chilled and benumbed
by the cold, however, that they lost all heart, and absolutely refused.
He heard no sound, for his normal faculties seemed benumbed
He moved on in silence, as if his energies were benumbed
by the hitherto undreamt-of possibility that his position was untenable.
The name had benumbed
him again, and once more he felt as if Zeena were in the room between them.