The boy, patterning
his conduct after that of his preceptor, unstoppered the vials of his invective upon the head of the enemy, until in realization of the futility of words as weapons he bethought himself of something heavier to hurl.
From this aspect they reminded him more than anything else of colossal snowshoes; they had a curious patterning
in black and white, in forms that reminded him of the engine-turned cover of a watch.
He mused over the incident after she had gone, and once or twice broke out into laughter that was bitter as he saw his sister and her betrothed, all the members of his own class and the members of Ruth's class, directing their narrow little lives by narrow little formulas - herd-creatures, flocking together and patterning
their lives by one another's opinions, failing of being individuals and of really living life because of the childlike formulas by which they were enslaved.
Again he played as a puppy on the broad verandas of MISTER Haggin's plantation bungalow at Meringe; or, with Jerry, stalked the edges of the jungle down by the river-bank to spy upon the crocodiles; or, learning from MISTER Haggin and Bob, and patterning
after Biddy and Terrence, to consider black men as lesser and despised gods who must for ever be kept strictly in their places.