The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes
our tricks and talents, and constrains every one to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand and become wisdom and virtue and power and beauty.
A certain dark-complexioned Swab, however, who wouldn't fill, or do anything else that was proposed to him, and whose heart was openly stated(by the boatswain) to be as black as his figure-head, proposed to two other Swabs to get all mankind into difficulties; which was so effectually done (the Swab family having considerable political influence) that it took half the evening to set things right, and then it was only brought about through an honest little grocer with a white hat, black gaiters, and red nose, getting into a clock, with a gridiron, and listening, and coming out, and knocking everybody down from behind with the gridiron whom he couldn't confute
with what he had overheard.
Victor Lavalle tells us of that historic collision (en plane) on the flank of Hecla between Herrera, then a pillar of the Spanish school, and the man destined to confute
his theories and lead him intellectually captive.
Teresa was very much annoyed, and left the table before the cheese, saying as she did so: 'There, Miss Lavish, is one who can confute
you better than I,' and pointed to that beautiful picture of Lord Tennyson.
They would quote Burns at them and Mill and Darwin and confute
them in arguments.
He took out a packet of old letters and began turning them over as if in search of one that would confute
Bulstrode has been guilty of shameful acts, but I call upon him either publicly to deny and confute
the scandalous statements made against him by a man now dead, and who died in his house--the statement that he was for many years engaged in nefarious practices, and that he won his fortune by dishonest procedures--or else to withdraw from positions which could only have been allowed him as a gentleman among gentlemen.
The life of chastity, poverty, and obedience willingly embraced and faithfully lived confutes
the conventional wisdom of the world and challenges the commonly accepted vision of life.
However, Isabella does, indeed, confess: "My sisterly remorse confutes
mine honor, / And I did yield to him" (5.
Testifying to the pitfalls of more monolithic interpretations of colonial discourse, Hamilton's prose ultimately confutes
any theoretical model which does not allow for the textual interplay of contradictory and conflicting discursive positions within the narratives of British imperialism, nationhood and selfhood.