In truth, it turned out to be one of those problematical
whales that seem to dry up and die with a sort of prodigious dyspepsia, or indigestion; leaving their defunct bodies almost entirely bankrupt of anything like oil.
If he could think himself of so much use, one gleam of day might, by possibility, penetrate into the cheerless dungeon of his remaining existence - though his longevity is, at present (to say the least of it), extremely problematical
Neither is reason among them a point problematical
, as with us, where men can argue with plausibility on both sides of the question, but strikes you with immediate conviction; as it must needs do, where it is not mingled, obscured, or discoloured, by passion and interest.
1] Their existence, however, from the very terms of the proposition, is, at most, problematical
It is at least problematical
, whether the decisions of this body do not, in several instances, misconstrue the limits prescribed for the legislative and executive departments, instead of reducing and limiting them within their constitutional places.
The marriage of Mademoiselle Cormon seemed, after 1804, a thing so problematical
that the saying "married like Mademoiselle Cormon" became proverbial in Alencon as applied to ridiculous failures.
It was an elusive vision--a moment of bewildering darkness, and then, in a flash like daylight, the red masses of the Orphanage near the crest of the hill, the green tops of the pine trees, and this problematical
object came out clear and sharp and bright.
Believe me, and take comfort, this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds, even were they not as problematical
as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea, which we take for terra firma, and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them.
I regard the project as thoroughly successful, and the easy navigation of the air in any direction (not exactly in the teeth of a gale) as no longer problematical
And Miss Lavish, whose nature was attracted by anything problematical
, had become equally enthusiastic.
Whatever was not problematical
and suspected about this young man--for example, a certain showiness as to foreign ideas, and a disposition to unsettle what had been settled and forgotten by his elders-- was positively unwelcome to a physician whose standing had been fixed thirty years before by a treatise on Meningitis, of which at least one copy marked "own" was bound in calf.
The doubt did not prevent him from dangling at the door-post, in my consciousness, and many a time I shunned the sight of this problematical
suicide by keeping my eyes fastened on the book before me.