Perhaps the rapidity of the changes from one of these paces to the other created an optical illusion, which might thus magnify the powers of the beast; for it is certain that Heyward, who possessed a true eye for the merits of a horse, was unable, with his utmost ingenuity, to decide by what sort of movement his pursuer worked his sinuous way on his footsteps with such persevering hardihood
Nor had Hepzibah ever any hardihood
, except what came from the very warmest nook in her affections.
It was the recollection of those memorable words of his -- "I'll try, Sir" -- spoken on the very verge of a desperate and heroic enterprise, and breathing the soul and spirit of New England hardihood
, comprehending all perils, and encountering all.
Among these, the most formidable was a burly, roaring, roystering blade, of the name of Abraham, or, according to the Dutch abbreviation, Brom Van Brunt, the hero of the country round which rang with his feats of strength and hardihood
But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood
of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
I hardly know where I found the hardihood
thus to open a conversation with a stranger; the step was contrary to my nature and habits: but I think her occupation touched a chord of sympathy somewhere; for I too liked reading, though of a frivolous and childish kind; I could not digest or comprehend the serious or substantial.
he resumed, at last - fain, notwithstanding his hardihood
, to have a support behind him; for, after the struggle, he trembled, in spite of himself, to his very finger-ends.
If any one of the three had had the hardihood
to propose to another to walk on a little ahead into the mist and darkness, he would have put himself in a fair way of getting shot instantly as a highwayman.
After dinner, when we were sitting by the fire, and I was meditating an escape to Peggotty without having the hardihood
to slip away, lest it should offend the master of the house, a coach drove up to the garden-gate and he went out to receive the visitor.
When we got back, he had the hardihood
to tell me that he wished my sister could have known I had done her so much honour, and to hint that she would have considered it reasonably purchased at the price of her death.
We made these strangers our bosom friends, our confidential servants; we borrowed their artists and their arts, and despised the honest simplicity and hardihood
with which our brave ancestors supported themselves, and we became enervated by Norman arts long ere we fell under Norman arms.
Fairholme, describing circles with his habitual air of compressed hardihood
, stopped and stared with indignant surprise as Smilash lurched past him.