But do you know what: I am convinced that we underground folk ought to be kept on a curb
. Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk....
"Do you consider this horse wants a curb
?" he said to the hostler.
Give me a good Mexican and a curb
bit--not too severe, seeing as he likes to rear."
Another means to curb
them, is to balance them by others, as proud as they.
There is a vestige of decency, a sense of shame, that does much to curb
and check those outbreaks of atrocious cruelty so commonly enacted upon the plantation.
Beneath the watchful eyes of Tarzan and Mugambi, however, Sheeta and the apes of Akut curbed
their desires, so that the men worked about the deck amongst them in far greater security than they imagined.
To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb
and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule that every man must dance in chains.
Nevyedovsky affected to be not merely indifferent but scornful of this appellation, but it was obvious that he was highly delighted, and had to keep a curb
on himself not to betray the triumph which was unsuitable to their new liberal tone.
Its massive stone curb
stands up three or four feet above-ground, and is whole and uninjured.
But he curbed
it, I think, as a resolute rider would curb
a rearing steed.
Then he had to talk, to hear what was said to him and what was said back and forth, and to answer, when it was necessary, with a tongue prone to looseness of speech that required a constant curb
. And to add confusion to confusion, there was the servant, an unceasing menace, that appeared noiselessly at his shoulder, a dire Sphinx that propounded puzzles and conundrums demanding instantaneous solution.
I know that this queer adventure of the Gay-Header's will be sure to seem incredible to some landsmen, though they themselves may have either seen or heard of some one's falling into a cistern ashore; an accident which not seldom happens, and with much less reason too than the Indian's, considering the exceeding slipperiness of the curb
of the Sperm Whale's well.