But ploughed up to the primary rock of the matter, the two great principles laid down in the twin whaling laws previously quoted, and applied and elucidated by Lord Ellenborough in the above cited case; these two laws touching Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish, I say, will, on reflection, be found the fundamentals of all human jurisprudence; For notwithstanding its complicated tracery of sculpture, the Temple of the Law, like the Temple of the Philistines, has but two props
to stand on.
If, then, the mine of her honour, beauty, virtue, and modesty yields thee without labour all the wealth it contains and thou canst wish for, why wilt thou dig the earth in search of fresh veins, of new unknown treasure, risking the collapse of all, since it but rests on the feeble props
of her weak nature?
The framework being so much weakened, and the inward props
removed, it would have been no marvel if, in some stronger wrestle of the blast, the rotten walls of the edifice, and all the peaked roofs, had come crushing down upon the owner's head.
The wood-work shrunk; the paint boxes of the wheels were continually working out, and it was necessary to support the spokes by stout props
to prevent their falling asunder.
When they reached the wide-stretching host of the Achaeans, they drew the vessel ashore, high and dry upon the sands, set her strong props
beneath her, and went their ways to their own tents and ships.
Then, bein' weak, them props
slipped an' slipped, an' he slided down the ways, an' naow he's water-borne ag'in.
It was said that he had carefully cut away the props
so that they would not support anything so heavy as a policeman.
There was not one of them who had not readily accepted his invitation, there was not one of them who was not proud to sit at his table, there was not one of them who did not look upon him as one of the props
of the Empire.
But these nasty props
and plasters the doctors sell-- why, they are just badges of poltroonery.
I believe it was good for him and for many others in like case, who had to learn by that loss that the soul of man cannot stand or lean upon any human prop
, however strong, and wise, and good; but that He upon whom alone it can stand and lean will knock away all such props
in His own wise and merciful way, until there is no ground or stay left but Himself, the Rock of Ages, upon whom alone a sure foundation for every soul of man is laid.
The Minor Canon props
him by the elbow with a strong hand (in a strictly scientific manner, worthy of his morning trainings), and turns him into his own little book-room, and shuts the door.
an immensely fat old woman, with an inordinate appetite for butcher's meat, and a mysterious leg which had now refused to get out of bed for fourteen years) contrived the marriage, at a period when Sparsit was just of age, and chiefly noticeable for a slender body, weakly supported on two long slim props
, and surmounted by no head worth mentioning.