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But these are not quantitative, but relative; things are not great or small absolutely, they are so called rather as the result of an act of comparison.
If the truth must be told, even Mr Swiveller's approaches to the single gentleman were of a very distant kind, and met with small encouragement; but, as he never returned from a monosyllabic conference with the unknown, without quoting such expressions as
Before me was a small patch of moonlit sky which showed through a ragged aperture.
See here," continued he, drawing forth a small bottle and holding it before their eyes, "in this bottle I hold the small-pox, safely corked up; I have but to draw the cork, and let loose the pestilence, to sweep man, woman, and child from the face of the earth.
Only when we have admitted the conception of the infinitely small, and the resulting geometrical progression with a common ratio of one tenth, and have found the sum of this progression to infinity, do we reach a solution of the problem.
His small body was writhing in the delivery of great, crimson oaths.
Thou hast lived too closely to the small and the pitiable.
And there were many similar men, owners or part- owners in small factories, small businesses and small industries-- small capitalists, in short.
I was given a hut in Hope Town, which is a small place on the slopes of Mount Harriet, and I was left pretty much to myself.
Humboldt extends this view to the case of earthquakes unaccompanied by eruptions; but I can hardly conceive it possible, that the small quantity of aeriform fluids which then escape from the fissured ground, can produce such remarkable effects.
A small green court was the whole of its demesne in front; and a neat wicket gate admitted them into it.
From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.