But in Jerry's vocabulary, "Mister Haggin" possessed all the definiteness
of sound and meaning that the word "master" possesses in the vocabularies of humans in relation to their dogs.
With the precision and definiteness
customary in addressing prisoners, and which is supposed to preclude human frailty, Pierre like the others was questioned as to who he was, where he had been, with what object, and so on.
These directions, though they are by no means simple to carry out, seem at least to possess the quality of definiteness
He hated the blue and white, the intensity and definiteness
, the hum and heat of the south; the landscape seemed to him as hard and as romantic as a cardboard background on the stage, and the mountain but a wooden screen against a sheet painted blue.
Apart from the fact that the sight of this happy and affectionate couple, so pleased with themselves and everyone else, and their well-ordered home had always a cheering effect on Levin, he felt a longing, now that he was so dissatisfied with his own life, to get at that secret in Sviazhsky that gave him such clearness, definiteness
, and good courage in life.
My reading from the first was such as to enamour me of clearness, of definiteness
; anything left in the vague was intolerable to me; but my long subjection to Pope, while it was useful in other ways, made me so strictly literary in my point of view that sometimes I could not see what was, if more naturally approached and without any technical preoccupation, perfectly transparent.
But as he watched it grow in definiteness
he saw that it was a coral reef smoking in the white Pacific surges.
In the light of the revelation she re-examined the married lives of all she had ever known, and, with sharp definiteness
as never before, she saw where and why so many of them had failed.
And as the days passed on, that pale image became more and more distinct; the picture grew and grew into more speaking definiteness
under the avenging hand of remorse; the soft hazel eyes, in their look of pain, were bent forever on Maggie, and pierced her the more because she could see no anger in them.
Not but the meteor may have shown itself at that point, burning duskily through a veil of cloud, but with no such shape as his guilty imagination gave it, or, at least, with so little definiteness
, that another's guilt might have seen another symbol in it.
Of the date of this origin, however, I grieve that I can only speak with that species of indefinite definiteness
which mathematicians are, at times, forced to put up with in certain algebraic formulae.
Such impressions as these moved her vaguely, and without strict definiteness
. As soon as the nerveless pause of her surprise would allow her to stir, her impulse was to pass on out of his sight.