No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood
, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood
of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
'How did she die?' he resumed, at last - fain, notwithstanding his hardihood
, to have a support behind him; for, after the struggle, he trembled, in spite of himself, to his very finger-ends.
Hitherto there had been a kind of desperation in her hardihood
; now she was evidently relieved.
In the height of this success the Teton closed his speech, by a rapid appeal to the pride and hardihood
of his native band, and suddenly took his seat.
If any one of the three had had the hardihood
to propose to another to walk on a little ahead into the mist and darkness, he would have put himself in a fair way of getting shot instantly as a highwayman.
Being here presently denounced, he had for a time succeeded in evading the officers of Justice, but being at length seized while in the act of flight, he had resisted them, and had - he best knew whether by express design, or in the blindness of his hardihood
- caused the death of his denouncer, to whom his whole career was known.
I may say of myself that never, after my book had appeared, should I have the hardihood
to show my face on the Nevski Prospect; for would it not be too dreadful to hear every one saying, "Here comes the literateur and poet, Dievushkin--yes, it is Dievushkin himself"?
Wyeth was the first ready; and, with his usual promptness and hardihood
, launched his frail bark, singly, on this wild and hazardous voyage, down an almost interminable succession of rivers, winding through countries teeming with savage hordes.
"I will give her an answer," thought I; and, meeting her gaze full, arresting, fixing her glance, I shot into her eyes, from my own, a look, where there was no respect, no love, no tenderness, no gallantry; where the strictest analysis could detect nothing but scorn, hardihood
What, thought I, on first witnessing one of these exhibitions, would the nervous mothers of America and England say to a similar display of hardihood
in any of their children?
The Canadians, especially, who, with their constitutional vivacity, have a considerable dash of the gascon, were buoyant and boastful, and great brag arts as to the future; while all those who had been in the service of the Northwest Company, and engaged in the Indian trade, plumed themselves upon their hardihood
and their capacity to endure privations.