In short, the magnifying
influence of fear began to set at naught the calculations of reason, and to render those who should have remembered their manhood, the slaves of the basest passions.
Oftener, however, its credibility rested on the faith of some lonely eye-witness, who beheld the wonder through the coloured, magnifying
, and distorted medium of his imagination, and shaped it more distinctly in his after-thought.
It is transparent, as I said before; and being laid upon the printed page, I have sometimes pleased myself with fancying it exerted a magnifying
In fact, Sam considered oratory as his vocation, and never let slip an opportunity of magnifying
He passed a powerful magnifying
glass to the foreman.
To see Miss Mowcher standing over him, looking at his rich profusion of brown hair through a large round magnifying
glass, which she took out of her pocket, was a most amazing spectacle.
The watch-maker, always poring over a little desk with a magnifying
glass at his eye, and always inspected by a group of smock-frocks poring over him through the glass of his shop-window, seemed to be about the only person in the High-street whose trade engaged his attention.
Gertrude keeps a recording angel inside her little head, and it is so full of other people's faults, written in large hand and read through a magnifying
glass, that there is no room to enter her own.
This made me reflect upon the fair skins of our English ladies, who appear so beautiful to us, only because they are of our own size, and their defects not to be seen but through a magnifying
glass; where we find by experiment that the smoothest and whitest skins look rough, and coarse, and ill-coloured.
But reflect upon this carefully: the purest catholic virtue, with its loving acceptance of all cups, with its pious submission to the will of God, with its belief in the print of the divine finger on the clay of all earthly life, is the mysterious light which glides into the innermost folds of human history, setting them in relief and magnifying
them in the eyes of those who still have Faith.
This was because his love, so strange, so new, and so ardent, made him view the infamous and imaginary accusations of Milady de Winter as, through a magnifying
glass, one views as frightful monsters atoms in reality imperceptible by the side of an ant.
Command seemed to have lost its charms for him, or rather, he gave way to the most abject despondency, decrying the whole enterprise, magnifying
every untoward circumstance, and foreboding nothing but evil.