Ferguson passed for a purely chimerical
personage of the Barnum stamp, who, after having gone through the United States, proposed to "do" the British Isles.
The notion generally received is, that the coral found in such quantities at the bottom of the sea might communicate this colour to the water: an account merely chimerical
. Coral is not to be found in all parts of this gulf, and red coral in very few.
With his head bent, and his big feet spread apart, he began explaining his reasons for thinking the abbe's plan chimerical
A few months had changed his life in the most amazing way - when he looked back upon it now it was with a sense of unreality - surely all these things which had happened were part of a chimerical
It was past a question now that Faria was not a lunatic, and the way in which he had achieved the discovery, which had given rise to the suspicion of his madness, increased Edmond's admiration of him; but at the same time Dantes could not believe that the deposit, supposing it had ever existed, still existed; and though he considered the treasure as by no means chimerical
, he yet believed it was no longer there.
A failure in this delicate and important point is the great source of the inconveniences we experience, and if we are not cautious to avoid a repetition of the error, in our future attempts to rectify and ameliorate our system, we may travel from one chimerical
project to another; we may try change after change; but we shall never be likely to make any material change for the better.
Some fanciers caught at the idea without believing it practicable, but such is the power of imagination among florists, that although considering the undertaking as certain to fail, all their thoughts were engrossed by that great black tulip, which was looked upon to be as chimerical
as the black swan of Horace or the white raven of French tradition.
If, instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had been introduced which possessed much greater powers than the ancient, because the powers of the latter were chimerical
, while those of the former were real and practical, under such circumstances I should certainty have thrown Agrippa aside and have contented my imagination, warmed as it was, by returning with greater ardour to my former studies.
Nothing can be more chimerical
than to imagine that in a trial of actual force, victory may be calculated by the rules which prevail in a census of the inhabitants, or which determine the event of an election!
One part of the mysterious existence of Captain Nemo had been unveiled; and, if his identity had not been recognised, at least, the nations united against him were no longer hunting a chimerical
creature, but a man who had vowed a deadly hatred against them.
The aerial being which was dimly outlined amid this quivering of wings, appeared to you chimerical
, imaginary, impossible to touch, impossible to see.
The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical
are really extremely practical -- so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese."