If his notice was sought, an expression of courtesy and interest gleamed out upon his features, proving that there was light within him, and that it was only the outward medium of the intellectual lamp that obstructed
the rays in their passage.
Our course led up some terrific steeps, densely wooded with larches and cedars, and traversed by paths which the rains had guttered and which were obstructed
by loose stones.
But what was a great deal worse was, that it was not one story, but two stories tangled together; and they obstructed
and interrupted each other at every turn and created no end of confusion and annoyance.
The whole of Lucy's behaviour in the affair, and the prosperity which crowned it, therefore, may be held forth as a most encouraging instance of what an earnest, an unceasing attention to self-interest, however its progress may be apparently obstructed
, will do in securing every advantage of fortune, with no other sacrifice than that of time and conscience.
She and Nicolete exchanged many kisses which were hard to bear, and the first quarter of an hour of our journey was much obstructed
by the farewells of her far-fluttering handkerchief.
The Torres Straits are nearly thirty-four leagues wide; but they are obstructed
by an innumerable quantity of islands, islets, breakers, and rocks, that make its navigation almost impracticable; so that Captain Nemo took all needful precautions to cross them.
But as in carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed
by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them.
From the time D'Artagnan took quarters in that hotel, the mistress of the house, a pretty and fresh looking Flemish woman, twenty-five or twenty-six years old, had been singularly interested in him; and after certain love passages, much obstructed
by an inconvenient husband to whom a dozen times D'Artagnan had made a pretence of passing a sword through his body, that husband had disappeared one fine morning, after furtively selling certain choice lots of wine, carrying away with him money and jewels.
Now, a stage-sleigh, with its cloth curtains thrust aside to admit the sun, dashed rapidly down the street, whirling in and out among the vehicles that obstructed
Rugged steeps and deep ravines incessantly obstructed
their progress, so that a great part of the day was spent in the painful toil of digging through banks, filling up ravines, forcing the wagons up the most forbidding ascents, or swinging them with ropes down the face of dangerous precipices.
Was ever a promising young man wishing to lay the foundation of his fortune by appropriating his mother's guineas obstructed
by such a day-mare as this?
Some of them may still occasionally be seen coasting the lower lakes with their frail barks, and pitching their camps and lighting their fires upon the shores; but their range is fast contracting to those remote waters and shallow and obstructed
rivers unvisited by the steamboat.