Besides, it was the stronger men in the Town-Ho that had been divided into gangs, taking turns at the pumps; and being the most athletic
seaman of them all, Steelkilt had been regularly assigned captain of one of the gangs; consequently he should have been freed from any trivial business not connected with truly nautical duties, such being the case with his comrades.
There was the host himself, a tall, athletic
young man, clad in evening dress, as also was the editor, a dyspeptic-looking gentleman named Maynard.
His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonised in squareness with his physiognomy: I suppose it was a good figure in the athletic
sense of the term--broad chested and thin flanked, though neither tall nor graceful.
He had grown a tall, athletic
, well-formed man; beside whom my master seemed quite slender and youth-like.
He had left his desk, brought out his two greasy office candlesticks and stood them in line with the snuffers on a slab near the door, ready to be extinguished; he had raked his fire low, put his hat and great-coat ready, and was beating himself all over the chest with his safe-key, as an athletic
exercise after business.
Unconsciously I had been overtaking a tall young woman walking in the same direction as myself, with a fine athletic
carriage of her figure and a noble movement of her limbs.
The companion of the church dignitary was a man past forty, thin, strong, tall, and muscular; an athletic
figure, which long fatigue and constant exercise seemed to have left none of the softer part of the human form, having reduced the whole to brawn, bones, and sinews, which had sustained a thousand toils, and were ready to dare a thousand more.
I distinguished them easily; they were true Papuans, with athletic
figures, men of good race, large high foreheads, large, but not broad and flat, and white teeth.
He was an athletic
, gigantic bandit, with large eyes, thick lips, and a flat nose; his red hair fell in dishevelled masses like snakes around his shoulders.
So he at once said, "Aldermen and town councillors of the Phaeacians, we have had enough now, both of the feast, and of the minstrelsy that is its due accompaniment; let us proceed therefore to the athletic
sports, so that our guest on his return home may be able to tell his friends how much we surpass all other nations as boxers, wrestlers, jumpers, and runners.
At length, being now a tall and athletic
youth, Jason resolved to seek his fortune in the world, without asking Chiron's advice, or telling him anything about the matter.
Perhaps, if you had not been already in the secret, you might not have guessed what sad memories what warm affection, what tender fluttering hopes, had their home in this athletic
body with the broken finger-nails--in this rough man, who knew no better lyrics than he could find in the Old and New Version and an occasional hymn; who knew the smallest possible amount of profane history; and for whom the motion and shape of the earth, the course of the sun, and the changes of the seasons lay in the region of mystery just made visible by fragmentary knowledge.