"I am an aspirant
to membership in the palace guard," I said, "and from yonder window in the tower where I was confined awaiting the final test for fitness I saw this brute attack the this woman.
But the thing has to be done scientifically, or the last state of the aspirant
may be worse than the first.
Then the aspirant
must not only be tested in those labours and dangers and pleasures which we mentioned before, but there is another kind of probation which we did not mention--he must be exercised also in many kinds of knowledge, to see whether the soul will be able to endure the highest of all, will faint under them, as in any other studies and exercises.
In a collection of so serious savages, there is never to be found any impatient aspirant
after premature distinction, standing ready to move his auditors to some hasty, and, perhaps, injudicious discussion, in order that his own reputation may be the gainer.
Agnes says 'No,' but I say 'Yes,' and tell her that she little thinks what stores of knowledge have been mastered by the wonderful Being, at whose place she thinks I, even I, weak aspirant
, may arrive in time.
Besides, he could not bind all that he had in his nature--the rover, the aspirant
, the poet, the priest--in the limits of a single passion.
Addison, now recognized as the literary dictator of the age, had greatly pleased Pope, then a young aspirant
for fame, by praising his 'Essay on Criticism,' and Pope rendered considerable help in the final revision of
Receive, coldly and dispassionately, every attention, till you have ascertained and duly considered the worth of the aspirant
; and let your affections be consequent upon approbation alone.
Could you believe, my Ownest, that I came in here with the name of an aspirant
to our Georgiana on my lips?'
(that she often was unable to understand), sufficed to make her reject an aspirant
as unworthy: this one had neither heart nor delicacy; that one told lies, and was not religious; a third only wanted to coin money under the cloak of marriage; another was not of a nature to make a woman happy; here she suspected hereditary gout; there certain immoral antecedents alarmed her.
A true aspirant
therefore never needs look for allusions personal and laudatory in discourse.
This consciousness of a missing measure gave him a certain mistrust of what might be said of him; and if circumspection is the essence of diplomacy our young aspirant