Was he very uneasy in the meantime at his inability to give his daughter her birthright
? I cannot say that he was.
Now, flanked by its dozen or more cottages, which were always filled with exclusive visitors from the "Quartier Francais," it enabled Madame Lebrun to maintain the easy and comfortable existence which appeared to be her birthright
He ate burnt flesh when he would have preferred it raw and unspoiled, and he brought down game with arrow or spear when he would far rather have leaped upon it from ambush and sunk his strong teeth in its jugular; but at last the call of the milk of the savage mother that had suckled him in infancy rose to an insistent demand--he craved the hot blood of a fresh kill and his muscles yearned to pit themselves against the savage jungle in the battle for existence that had been his sole birthright
for the first twenty years of his life.
What was his "mess of pottage" to the birthright
that the other had preserved?
Where better could we leave him than at the altar before which he had first caught a glimpse of the glory of his birthright
, and felt the drawing of the bond which links all living souls together in one brotherhood--at the grave beneath the altar of him who had opened his eyes to see that glory, and softened his heart till it could feel that bond?
In common honesty and common honour I must have gone at once to the stranger whose birthright
had been usurped--I must have renounced the victory at the moment when it was mine by placing my discovery unreservedly in that stranger's hands--and I must have faced afresh all the difficulties which stood between me and the one object of my life, exactly as I was resolved in my heart of hearts to face them now!
By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright
of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are.
He, of course, made frantic struggles for freedom - the birthright
of every Englishman, - and, in doing so (I learned this afterwards), knocked over George; and then George, swearing at Harris, began to struggle too, and got himself entangled and rolled up.
Tarzan's conscience was troubling him, which accounted for the fact that he compared himself to a weak, old woman, for the ape-man, reared in savagery and inured to hardships and cruelty, disliked to admit any of the gentler traits that in reality were his birthright
Time and again he had wondered if he had acted wisely in renouncing his birthright
to a man to whom he owed nothing.
Now they flew to their arms as to their birthright
. The old soldiers of Crecy, of Nogent, and of Poictiers were glad to think that they might hear the war-trumpet once more, and gladder still were the hot youth who had chafed for years under the martial tales of their sires.
The joy of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright
of fancy or her ideal world of dreams.