Our lives centred
around warmth and food and the return of the men at nightfall.
The delirium was not fixed, however; having weaned her eyes from contemplating the outer darkness, by degrees she centred
her attention on him, and discovered who it was that held her.
Marner was highly thought of in that little hidden world, known to itself as the church assembling in Lantern Yard; he was believed to be a young man of exemplary life and ardent faith; and a peculiar interest had been centred
in him ever since he had fallen, at a prayer-meeting, into a mysterious rigidity and suspension of consciousness, which, lasting for an hour or more, had been mistaken for death.
The whole substance of human authority was centred
in the simple doctrine of royal prerogative, the origin of which was always traced in theory to divine institution.
I was the mirror in which they beheld themselves, the staff of their old age, and the object in which, with submission to Heaven, all their wishes centred
, and mine were in accordance with theirs, for I knew their worth; and as I was mistress of their hearts, so was I also of their possessions.