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ease

 (ēz)
n.
1. The condition of being comfortable or relieved.
2.
a. Freedom from pain, worry, or agitation: Her mind was at ease knowing that the children were safe.
b. Freedom from constraint or embarrassment; naturalness.
3.
a. Freedom from difficulty, hardship, or effort: rose through the ranks with apparent ease.
b. Readiness or dexterity in performance; facility: a pianist who played the sonata with ease.
4. Freedom from financial difficulty; affluence: a life of luxury and ease.
5. A state of rest, relaxation, or leisure: He took his ease by the pond.
v. eased, eas·ing, eas·es
v.tr.
1. To free from pain, worry, or agitation: eased his conscience by returning the stolen money.
2.
a. To lessen the discomfort or pain of: shifted position to ease her back.
b. To alleviate; assuage: prescribed a drug to ease the pain.
3. To give respite from: eased the staff's burden by hiring more people.
4. To slacken the strain, pressure, or tension of; loosen: ease off a cable.
5. To reduce the difficulty or trouble of: eased the entrance requirements.
6. To move or maneuver slowly and carefully: eased the car into a narrow space; eased the director out of office.
v.intr.
1. To lessen, as in discomfort, pressure, or stress: pain that never eased.
2. To move or proceed with little effort: eased through life doing as little as possible.
Idiom:
at ease
1. In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary: put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
2. Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.

[Middle English ese, from Old French aise, elbowroom, physical comfort, from Vulgar Latin *adiacēs, adiac-*adiac-, alteration of Latin adiacēns, adiacent-, present participle of adiacēre, to lie near; see adjacent.]

ease

(iːz)
n
1. freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety
2. lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility
3. rest, leisure, or relaxation
4. freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluence: a life of ease.
5. lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffness: his ease of manner disarmed us.
6. (Military) (of a standing soldier, etc) in a relaxed position with the feet apart and hands linked behind the back
7. (Military) a command to adopt such a position
8. in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind
vb
9. to make or become less burdensome
10. (tr) to relieve (a person) of worry or care; comfort
11. (tr) to make comfortable or give rest to
12. (tr) to make less difficult; facilitate
13. to move or cause to move into, out of, etc, with careful manipulation: to ease a car into a narrow space.
14. (when: intr, often foll by off or up) to lessen or cause to lessen in severity, pressure, tension, or strain; slacken, loosen, or abate
15. ease oneself ease nature archaic euphemistic to urinate or defecate
16. (Nautical Terms) ease the helm nautical to relieve the pressure on the rudder of a vessel, esp by bringing the bow into the wind
[C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacēns neighbouring (area); see adjacent]
ˈeaser n

ease

(iz)

n., v. eased, eas•ing. n.
1. freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; relaxation or comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
2. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude: to be at ease about one's health.
3. freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
4. freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease.
5. freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness.
v.t.
6. to free from anxiety or care: to ease one's mind.
7. to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease pain.
8. to release from pressure or tension.
9. to move or shift with great care: to ease a car into a narrow parking space.
10. to render less difficult; facilitate.
11.
a. to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.
b. to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.
v.i.
12. to abate in severity, pressure, tension, etc. (often fol. by off or up).
13. to become less painful, burdensome, etc.
14. to move or shift, or be moved or shifted, with great care.
15. ease out, to prevail upon tactfully to leave a job, move from an apartment, etc.
Idioms:
at ease, a position of rest in which soldiers standing in formation may relax but may not leave their places or talk.
[1175–1225; Middle English ese, eise < Anglo-French ese, Old French aise, eise comfort < Vulgar Latin *adjace(m), acc. of *adjacēs vicinity, Latin adjacēns adjacent, taken as a n. of the type nūbēs, acc. nūbem cloud]

ease

- First meant "opportunity, ability," or "means to do something."
See also related terms for opportunity.

Ease

 
  1. (I meet men in the city) as easily as a finger stuck in water comes up wet —Marge Piercy
  2. As easily as a hot knife cuts through butter —Ben Ames Williams

    In Williams’ novel, Leave Her to Heaven, the simile describes the ease with which flood waters penetrate a barrier. The simile has also cropped up in everyday language to show something slipping by or through easily —as a legal decision past a judge.

  3. As hard to get as a haircut —Raymond Chandler
  4. (Returned to normality) as smoothly as a ski jumper landing —John Braine
  5. Did so without effort or exertion, like a chess champion playing a routine game —Natascha Wodin
  6. Easy as a smile —Anon
  7. Easy as a snake crawling over a stick —Joseph Conrad
  8. Easy as breathing in and breathing out —Louise Erdrich
  9. Easy as climbing a fallen tree —Danish proverb
  10. Easy as drawing a child’s first tooth —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  11. Easy as falling out of a canoe —Anon
  12. Easy as finding fault in someone else —Anon
  13. Easy as for a cat to have twins —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
  14. Easy as opening a letter —Anon
  15. Easy as peeling the skin off a banana —Anon
  16. Easy as pie —Anon
  17. Easy as pointing a finger —Slogan, Colt Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co.
  18. Easy as pouring a glass of water —Anon
  19. Easy as riding down smoothly paved road —Anon
  20. Easy as rolling off a log —Mark Twain
  21. Easy as running up charge account bills —Anon
  22. Easy as scrambling an egg —Anon
  23. Easy as shooting down a fish in a barrel —Anon
  24. Easy as spitting —Anton Chekhov
  25. Easy as stealing pennies from a blind man’s can —Donald Seaman
  26. Easy as to set dogs on sheep —William Shakespeare
  27. Easy as turning on the TV set —Anon
  28. Easy as turning the page in a book —Anon
  29. Easy … like sliding into sin —Harry Prince
  30. An easy thing to do, light and easy like falling in a dream —George Garrett
  31. Go through … like so much dishwater —McKinlay Kantor
  32. Stepped into his position as easily as a pair of trousers —Anon
  33. Stepped into manhood, as one steps over a doorsill —Mark Twain
  34. Went in … as easily as paper into a vacuum cleaner —Derek Lambert
  35. Would happen as the turning of a light bulb on or off —John McGahern

ease


Past participle: eased
Gerund: easing

Imperative
ease
ease
Present
I ease
you ease
he/she/it eases
we ease
you ease
they ease
Preterite
I eased
you eased
he/she/it eased
we eased
you eased
they eased
Present Continuous
I am easing
you are easing
he/she/it is easing
we are easing
you are easing
they are easing
Present Perfect
I have eased
you have eased
he/she/it has eased
we have eased
you have eased
they have eased
Past Continuous
I was easing
you were easing
he/she/it was easing
we were easing
you were easing
they were easing
Past Perfect
I had eased
you had eased
he/she/it had eased
we had eased
you had eased
they had eased
Future
I will ease
you will ease
he/she/it will ease
we will ease
you will ease
they will ease
Future Perfect
I will have eased
you will have eased
he/she/it will have eased
we will have eased
you will have eased
they will have eased
Future Continuous
I will be easing
you will be easing
he/she/it will be easing
we will be easing
you will be easing
they will be easing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been easing
you have been easing
he/she/it has been easing
we have been easing
you have been easing
they have been easing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been easing
you will have been easing
he/she/it will have been easing
we will have been easing
you will have been easing
they will have been easing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been easing
you had been easing
he/she/it had been easing
we had been easing
you had been easing
they had been easing
Conditional
I would ease
you would ease
he/she/it would ease
we would ease
you would ease
they would ease
Past Conditional
I would have eased
you would have eased
he/she/it would have eased
we would have eased
you would have eased
they would have eased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ease - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effortease - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"
effortlessness - the quality of requiring little effort; "such effortlessness is achieved only after hours of practice"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
2.ease - a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world"
affluence, richness - abundant wealth; "they studied forerunners of richness or poverty"; "the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty"
lap of luxury - in conditions of wealth and comfort; "he was raised in the lap of luxury"
3.ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
comfort, comfortableness - a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
reprieve, respite - a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
4.ease - freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease with strangers"
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"
5.ease - freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)ease - freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
bed rest, bedrest - confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)
laziness - relaxed and easy activity; "the laziness of the day helped her to relax"
lie-in - a long stay in bed in the morning
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping - quiet and inactive restfulness
leisure - freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity; "he lacked the leisure for golf"
Verb1.ease - move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
ease up, give way, move over, yield, give - move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd"
2.ease - lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"
alleviate, relieve, palliate, assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
3.ease - make easierease - make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
aid, assist, help - give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"
4.ease - lessen the intensity of or calmease - lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
comfort, console, solace, soothe - give moral or emotional strength to
abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization

ease

noun
1. straightforwardness, simplicity, readiness For ease of reference, only the relevant extracts of the regulations are included.
4. naturalness, informality, freedom, liberty, unaffectedness, unconstraint, unreservedness, relaxedness Co-stars particularly appreciate his ease on the set.
naturalness constraint, formality, awkwardness, clumsiness
verb
3. move carefully, edge, guide, slip, inch, slide, creep, squeeze, steer, manoeuvre I eased my way towards the door.
4. facilitate, further, aid, forward, smooth, assist, speed up, simplify, fast-track, make easier, expedite, lessen the labour of The information pack is designed to ease the process of making a will.
facilitate hinder, retard
at ease relaxed, secure, comfortable, informal, laid-back (informal), easy, free and easy It is essential to feel at ease with your therapist.
ease off reduce, decrease, lessen, curtail, slacken Kelly eased off his pace as they reached the elevator
ease up on something reduce, cut, moderate, decrease, cut down, curtail, cut back on Ease up on your training schedule a bit.
ease up or off die down, fade, weaken, diminish, decrease, wither, lessen, subside, die out, peter out, die away, taper off, grow less The recession may be easing up now.
with ease effortlessly, simply, easily, readily, without trouble, with no difficulty Anne was capable of passing her exams with ease.

ease

noun
1. Freedom, especially from pain:
2. Freedom from constraint, formality, embarrassment, or awkwardness:
3. Freedom from labor, responsibility, or strain:
4. The ability to perform without apparent effort:
5. Steady good fortune or financial security:
Informal: easy street.
Idioms: comfortable circumstances, the good life.
verb
1. To make less severe or more bearable:
2. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
3. To become or cause to become less active or intense.Off or up:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
4. To make less difficult:
Idioms: clear the way for, grease the wheels, open the door for.
5. To maneuver gently and slowly into place:
6. To advance carefully and gradually:
phrasal verb
ease off
To moderate or change a position or course of action as a result of pressure:
Idiom: give way.
Translations
راحَه، هُدوء البالسُهولَهيُحرّك بِلطافَهيَخفُّ ، يَسْكُنيُريح ، يُخَفّف الوجـع
bekvemmeligheddæmpeflytte forsigtigtlettemed lethed
meglazíttermészetesség
áreynsluleysi; hægîdraga úr, lina, mildafrjálsleg framkoma; hispursleysilina, draga úrmjaka
atsargiai!atsileistiatsipalaiduotibe abejoelgtis atsargiai
atslābinātatslābtatvieglotbez pūlēmbezrūpība
opatrne niesťprirodzenosť
lahkota
doğallıkhafiflemekkolaylıkrahatlatmakrahatlık

ease

[iːz]
A. N
1. (= effortlessness) → facilidad f
the ease with which he found workla facilidad con la que encontró trabajo
for ease of referencepara facilitar la referencia
the camera's ease of usela facilidad de uso de la cámara
with easecon facilidad
2. (= relaxed state) his ease with moneysu soltura or ligereza con el dinero
people immediately feel at ease with herla gente inmediatamente se siente a gusto or cómoda con ella
he was completely at ease with himselfse encontraba completamente a gusto consigo mismo
I would feel more at ease if I knew where she wasme sentiría más tranquilo si supiera dónde está
to put sb at his/her easehacer que algn se relaje, tranquilizar a algn
to put or set sb's mind at easetranquilizar a algn
if it will put your mind at ease I'll tell yousi te tranquiliza te lo digo
his ease of mannersu naturalidad
to take one's easedescansar
see also ill A2
3. (= comfort) → comodidad f
a life of easeuna vida cómoda or desahogada
to live a life of easevivir cómodamente
4. (Mil) stand at ease!; stand easy! (Mil) → ¡descansen!
at ease, Sergeantdescanse, Sargento
B. VT
1. (= relieve, lessen) [+ pain, suffering] → aliviar; [+ pressure, tension] → aliviar, relajar; [+ burden] → aligerar; [+ impact, effect] → mitigar, paliar; [+ sanctions, restrictions] → relajar
these measures will ease the burden on small businessesestas medidas aligerarán la carga de las pequeñas empresas
she gave them money to ease her conscienceles dio dinero para quedarse con la conciencia tranquila
it will ease her mind to know the baby's all rightle tranquilizará saber que el bebé está bien
aid to help ease the plight of refugeesayuda para paliar la difícil situación de los refugiados
attempts to ease traffic congestionintentos de descongestionar el tráfico
this will help to ease the workloadesto ayudará para hacer menos pesado el trabajo
2. (= facilitate) [+ transition, task] → facilitar
3. (= loosen) → aflojar
4. (= move carefully) he eased the car into the parking spaceaparcó el coche en el aparcamiento con cuidado
she eased her foot off the clutchsoltó el pie del embrague con cuidado
he eased himself into the chairse sentó con cuidado en la silla
C. VI
1. (= diminish) [pain] → ceder, disminuir; [tension] → disminuir; [wind, rain] → amainar; [interest rates] → bajar
2. (= improve) [situation] → calmarse
ease off
A. VI + ADV
1. (= diminish) [pain] → ceder, disminuir; [rain] → amainar; [pressure] → disminuir
the snow had eased offhabía dejado de nevar con tanta fuerza
2. (= take things more easily) → tomarse las cosas con más tranquilidad
3. (= work less hard) → aflojar el ritmo (de trabajo)
B. VT + ADV
1. (= remove) [+ lid] → quitar; [+ shoes, boots] → quitarse
2. (= stop pressing on) [+ accelerator, clutch] → soltar
ease up VI + ADV
1. (= take things more easily) → tomarse las cosas con más tranquilidad
if you don't ease up, you'll make yourself illcomo no te tomes las cosas con más tranquilidad te vas a poner malo
2. (= work less intensively) → bajar el ritmo (de trabajo)
we can't afford to ease up yetno podemos relajarnos or bajar el ritmo todavía
3. (= relax) → relajarse
ease up a bit!¡relájate un poco!
4. (= slow down) [runner] → aflojar el paso, aminorar la marcha; [driver, car] → reducir or disminuir la velocidad, aminorar la marcha
5. to ease up on [+ restrictions, sanctions] → relajar, aflojar
you'd better ease up on the chocolatemás vale que dejes de comer tanto chocolate
ease up on him, he's only a childno seas tan estricto con él, es sólo un niño

ease

[ˈiːz]
n
(= easiness) → facilité f, aisance f
with ease → sans difficulté, aisément
(= comfort) a life of ease → une vie facile
at ease (gen)à l'aise (MILITARY) [soldier] → (au) repos
stand at ease! (MILITARY)repos!
to feel at ease (= relaxed) → se sentir à l'aise
to feel at ease with sb → être à l'aise avec qn
to be ill at ease (= uncomfortable) → se sentir mal à l'aise
vt
(= lessen) [+ tension] → réduire; [+ problem] → atténuer; [+ pain] → calmer
(= loosen) → relâcher, détendre
(= move gently) to ease sth in → faire pénétrer qch délicatement, faire pénétrer qch avec douceur
to ease sth out → faire sortir qch délicatement, faire sortir qch avec douceur
to ease sth out of sth → déplacer qch avec précaution de qch
vi
[situation] → se détendre
(= decrease) [pain, grief, tension] → diminuer; [rain, snow] → se calmer
ease off
vi (= decrease) [rain] → se calmer; [pressure] → diminuer
[person] (= slow down) → ralentir (= take things more easily) → se détendre
vt sep
(= decrease) [+ pace] → ralentir
to ease one's foot off the accelerator → lever le pied (de l'accélérateur)
ease up
vi
(= make less effort) [person] → relâcher ses efforts
(= decrease) [rain, wind] → se calmer

ease

n
(= freedom from discomfort)Behagen nt; I never feel at ease in this dressich fühle mich in diesem Kleid nie ganz wohl; I’ve never felt at ease with computersComputer waren mir nie so richtig geheuer; I am never at ease in his companyin seiner Gesellschaft fühle ich mich immer befangen or fühle ich mich nie frei und ungezwungen; to be or feel at ease with oneselfsich (in seiner Haut) wohlfühlen; to put or set somebody at (his/her) easejdm die Befangenheit nehmen; to put or set somebody’s mind at easejdn beruhigen; my mind is at ease nowjetzt bin ich beruhigt; to take one’s easees sich (dat)bequem machen; (stand) at ease! (Mil) → rührt euch! ? ill-at-ease
(= absence of difficulty)Leichtigkeit f; with (the greatest of) easemit (größter) Leichtigkeit; for ease of use/access/referenceum die Benutzung/den Zugang/das Nachschlagen zu erleichtern
(= absence of work)Muße f; he lives a life of easeer führt ein Leben der Muße
vt
(= relieve) painlindern; minderleichtern; to ease the burden on somebodyjdm eine Last abnehmen
(= make less, loosen) rope, straplockern, nachlassen; dress etcweiter machen; pressure, tensionverringern; situationentspannen; fearszerstreuen; problemabhelfen (+dat)
to ease a key into a lockeinen Schlüssel behutsam in ein Schloss stecken or einführen; to ease off the clutch (Aut) → die Kupplung behutsam kommen lassen; he eased the car into gearer legte behutsam einen Gang ein; he eased the lid offer löste den Deckel behutsam ab; he eased his broken leg up onto the stretcherer hob sein gebrochenes Bein behutsam auf die Trage; he eased his way toward(s) the door (= slowly)er bewegte sich langsam zur Tür; (= unobtrusively)er bewegte sich unauffällig zur Tür; he eased his way through the holeer schob sich vorsichtig durch das Loch
vinachlassen; (situation)sich entspannen; (prices)nachgeben; he eased down into second gearer schaltete behutsam in den zweiten Gang zurück

ease

[iːz]
1. n
b. (freedom from worry) → tranquillità, agio
a life of ease → una vita comoda
to feel at ease/ill at ease → sentirsi a proprio agio/a disagio
to put sb at his or her ease → mettere qn a suo agio
(stand) at ease! (Mil) → riposo!
2. vt (task) → facilitare; (pain) → alleviare, calmare; (rope, strap, pressure) → allentare; (collar) → slacciare
to ease sb's mind → tranquillizzare or rassicurare qn
to ease sth out/in → facilitare l'uscita/l'entrata di qc
to ease in the clutch (Aut) → rilasciare la frizione dolcemente
3. vi (situation) → distendersi
ease off vi + adv (slow down) → rallentare; (work, business) → diminuire; (pressure, tension) → allentarsi; (pain) → calmarsi; (relax) → rilassarsi
ease up vi + adv (person) → calmarsi; (situation) → distendersi
ease up a bit! → prenditela calma!

ease

(iːz) noun
1. freedom from pain or from worry or hard work. a lifetime of ease.
2. freedom from difficulty. He passed his exam with ease.
3. naturalness. ease of manner.
verb
1. to free from pain, trouble or anxiety. A hot bath eased his tired limbs.
2. (often with off) to make or become less strong, less severe, less fast etc. The pain has eased (off); The driver eased off as he approached the town.
3. to move (something heavy or awkward) gently or gradually in or out of position. They eased the wardrobe carefully up the narrow staircase.
ˈeasily adverb
1. without difficulty. She won the race easily.
2. by far. This is easily the best book I've read this year.
3. very probably. It may easily rain tomorrow.
ˈeasiness noun
ˈeasy adjective
1. not difficult. This is an easy job (to do).
2. free from pain, trouble, anxiety etc. He had an easy day at the office.
3. friendly. an easy manner/smile.
4. relaxed; leisurely. The farmer walked with an easy stride.
interjection
a command to go or act gently. Easy! You'll fall if you run too fast.
easy chair
a chair that is soft and comfortable, eg an armchair.
ˌeasy-ˈgoing adjective
not inclined to worry.
at ease
free from anxiety or embarrassment. He is completely at ease among strangers.
easier said than done
more difficult than it at first seems. Getting seats for the theatre is easier said than done.
go easy on
to be careful with. Go easy on the wine – there won't be enough for the rest of the guests.
stand at ease
(eg soldiers) to stand with legs apart and hands clasped behind the back.
take it easy
not to work etc hard or energetically; to avoid using much effort. The doctor told him to take it easy.
take one's ease
to make oneself comfortable; to relax. There he was – taking his ease in his father's chair!

ease

n. alivio; descanso; facilidad;
vt. aliviar, facilitar;
to ___ one's mindtranquilizarse.
References in classic literature ?
Meg knew Sallie and was at her ease very soon, but Jo, who didn't care much for girls or girlish gossip, stood about, with her back carefully against the wall, and felt as much out of place as a colt in a flower garden.
If the desire to talk came to him when the two were walking in the fields, he sought out a stump or the top board of a fence and with his hands pounding busily talked with re- newed ease.
I wondered why Fuchs had not stuck to cabinet-work, he settled down to it with such ease and content.
She handled her brushes with a certain ease and freedom which came, not from long and close acquaintance with them, but from a natural aptitude.
Horses of this race were, and are still, in much request as saddle horses, on account of their hardiness and the ease of their movements.
Thorndike had put even royalty-- frayed, impecunious royalty, on the lookout for a loan--at its ease.
Indeed, it is to be feared that some of the more rustic and bashful youths of Devil's Ford, who had felt it incumbent upon them to pay their respects to the new-comers, were more at ease in this vestibule than in the arcana beyond, whose glories they could see through the open door.
On Sundays, after Phoebe had been at church,--for the girl had a church-going conscience, and would hardly have been at ease had she missed either prayer, singing, sermon, or benediction, --after church-time, therefore, there was, ordinarily, a sober little festival in the garden.
Notwithstanding his high native gifts and scholar-like attainments, there was an air about this young minister -- an apprehensive, a startled, a half-frightened look -- as of a being who felt himself quite astray, and at a loss in the pathway of human existence, and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own.
It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours, by a *withe twisted in the handle of the door, and stakes set against the window shutters; so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out, --an idea most probably borrowed by the architect, Yost Van Houten, from the mystery of an eelpot.
It was my new suspicion that was intolerable; and yet even to this complication the later hours of the day had brought a little ease.
I now screwed my eyes hard towards the half hidden image, feeling but ill at ease meantime --to see what was next to follow.