His is the exaction
of the apostle, who speaks but for Christ, when he says--"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." His is the ambition of the high master-spirit, which aims to fill a place in the first rank of those who are redeemed from the earth--who stand without fault before the throne of God, who share the last mighty victories of the Lamb, who are called, and chosen, and faithful.
But when we got home - to my new, delightful home - I was so happy and he was so kind that I freely forgave him all; and I was beginning to think my lot too happy, and my husband actually too good for me, if not too good for this world, when, on the second Sunday after our arrival, he shocked and horrified me by another instance of his unreasonable exaction
. We were walking home from the morning service, for it was a fine frosty day, and as we are so near the church, I had requested the carriage should not be used.
Which is the more flattering exaction
it is hard to say; but there is the fact that in listening for upwards of twenty years to the sea-talk that goes on afloat and ashore I have never detected the true note of animosity.
All was, alas, worse than vanity--injustice, punishment, exaction
Let him name the ransom at which he rates our liberty, and it shall be paid, providing the exaction
is suited to our means.'' The sewer made no answer, but bowed his head.
But the stern customs of his people had made too severe an exaction
of the feeble old man.
Poyser (too officiously, Tom thought) interfered to prevent the exaction
of the penalty.
When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions
He did not know that the priest who met him with the cross oppressed the peasants by his exactions
, and that the pupils' parents wept at having to let him take their children and secured their release by heavy payments.
It was plain, even in the brief time given me for reflection, that in dealing with this girl ordinary methods would not do, and ordinary exactions
But it was at night that he talked openly, forgetting the exactions
of his stage.
Clare had never pretended to govern himself by any religious obligation; and a certain fineness of nature gave him such an instinctive view of the extent of the requirements of Christianity, that he shrank, by anticipation, from what he felt would be the exactions
of his own conscience, if he once did resolve to assume them.