His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned
peruser of their opinions.
These words of an ancient volume, got up principally by "ignorant and unlearned
men," have, through all time, kept up, somehow, a strange sort of power over the minds of poor, simple fellows, like Tom.
I thought he was trying to read my character, but I felt as secure against his scrutiny as if I had had on a casque with the visor down-or rather I showed him my countenance with the confidence that one would show an unlearned
man a letter written in Greek; he might see lines, and trace characters, but he could make nothing of them; my nature was not his nature, and its signs were to him like the words of an unknown tongue.
The most important item of all, probably, although it made so little show, was a certain broomstick, on which Mother Rigby had taken many an airy gallop at midnight, and which now served the scarecrow by way of a spinal column, or, as the unlearned
phrase it, a backbone.
The Le Barge Indian was a young man, unlearned
yet in his own limitations, and filled with pride.
In the struggle to breathe he, all unlearned
in the ways of the sea, lifted his muzzle high in the air to get out of the suffocating welter.
Only among the lowly, the unlearned
, and the poor was English heard.
And it does not blow through the tender maiden who stays indoors with her dear mother, unlearned
as yet in the works of golden Aphrodite, and who washes her soft body and anoints herself with oil and lies down in an inner room within the house, on a winter's day when the Boneless One (22) gnaws his foot in his fireless house and wretched home; for the sun shows him no pastures to make for, but goes to and fro over the land and city of dusky men (23), and shines more sluggishly upon the whole race of the Hellenes.
The vocabulary, adapted to the unlearned
readers, is more largely Saxon than in our later versions, and the older inflected forms appear oftener than in Chaucer; so that it is only through our knowledge of the later versions that we to-day can read the work without frequent stumbling.
Keep further from me, O thou illiterate and unlearned
there cometh the time when man will no longer launch the arrow of his longing beyond man--and the string of his bow will have unlearned
The school at which young Charley Hexam had first learned from a book--the streets being, for pupils of his degree, the great Preparatory Establishment in which very much that is never unlearned
is learned without and before book--was a miserable loft in an unsavoury yard.