It was on the moral side, and in my own person, that I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both; and from an early date, even before the course of my scientific discoveries had begun to suggest the most naked possibility of such a miracle, I had learned to dwell with pleasure, as a beloved daydream
, on the thought of the separation of these elements.
In this way I came into living contact with literature again, and the daydreams
began once more over the familiar cases of type.
All Pierre's daydreams
now turned on the time when he would be free.
And all this seemed to him so easy a conquest over himself that he spent the whole drive in the pleasantest daydreams
. With a resolute feeling of hope in a new, better life, he reached home before nine o'clock at night.
Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams
become more fervent and vivid.
By noon she had concluded that Anne was smart and obedient, willing to work and quick to learn; her most serious shortcoming seemed to be a tendency to fall into daydreams
in the middle of a task and forget all about it until such time as she was sharply recalled to earth by a reprimand or a catastrophe.
Emboldened by her indulgence, I threw back the calash from her polished brow, and suffered my fingers, white and delicate as her own, to stray among those dark and glossy curls which realized my daydreams
of rich hair.
He was as handsome and inscrutable as those daydreams
we once planned to marry ourselves, Diana; he was the best dressed man I ever met, and he raved over Priscilla's
"You are such a man as I have seen in my daydreams
ever since I was a little girl.
For years--for years--I have loved you; hoping to win my way to fame, and then come proudly home and tell you it had been pursued only for you to share; thinking, in my daydreams
, how I would remind you, in that happy moment, of the many silent tokens I had given of a boy's attachment, and claim your hand, as in redemption of some old mute contract that had been sealed between us!
Despite his prosaic appearance and generally practical walk of life, Father Brown was not without a certain streak of romance in his composition, though he generally kept his daydreams
to himself, as many children do.
I can recollect, indeed, to have speculated, at odd times, on the possibility of my not being taught any more, or cared for any more; and growing up to be a shabby, moody man, lounging an idle life away, about the village; as well as on the feasibility of my getting rid of this picture by going away somewhere, like the hero in a story, to seek my fortune: but these were transient visions, daydreams
I sat looking at sometimes, as if they were faintly painted or written on the wall of my room, and which, as they melted away, left the wall blank again.