An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, "The first step
has lost us all.
The first step
in her downward course was in her ceasing to instruct me.
He had decided as a first step
in the following up of this matter to invite Bill down to Elizabeth's farm, and the thought occurred to him that this had better be done to-night, for he knew by experience that on the morning after these little jaunts he was seldom in the mood to seek people out and invite them to go anywhere.
And, disagreeable as it was to the princess to seem to take the first step
in wishing to make the acquaintance of Madame Stahl,who thought fit to give herself airs, she made inquiries about Varenka, and, having ascertained particulars about her tending to prove that there could be no harm though little good in the acquaintance, she herself approached Varenka and made acquaintance with her.
"Come on, Quatermain," repeated Sir Henry, who was already standing on the first step
of the stone stair.
All the time I was washing out the block house, and then washing up the things from dinner, this disgust and envy kept growing stronger and stronger, till at last, being near a bread-bag, and no one then observing me, I took the first step
towards my escapade and filled both pockets of my coat with biscuit.
The concealment, innocent as it seems, was the first step
in the second tragicomedy of John's existence.
A few minutes later they were seen making the first steps
of the descent; then a cloud closed around them and hid them from view.
Raoul was not four minutes in performing what he had been directed to do; he returned to the little door, where, in the gloom, he found his mysterious conductress waiting for him, on the first steps
of a winding staircase.
These reflections, rapid as lightning, simultaneous with visual perception, D'Artagnan had already forgotten when he descended the first steps
of the staircase.
They had not met for nearly half a year and, being at the age when young men take their first steps
on life's road, each saw immense changes in the other, quite a new reflection of the society in which they had taken those first steps