I have always thought love the only foundation of happiness in a married state, as it can only produce that high and tender friendship which should always be the cement of this union; and, in my opinion, all those marriages which are contracted from other motives are greatly criminal; they are a profanation
of a most holy ceremony, and generally end in disquiet and misery: for surely we may call it a profanation
to convert this most sacred institution into a wicked sacrifice to lust or avarice: and what better can be said of those matches to which men are induced merely by the consideration of a beautiful person, or a great fortune?
But, had she attempted it, perhaps the old recollections, the long-repressed feelings of childhood, youth, and womanhood, might have gushed from her heart, in words that it would have been profanation
to utter there.
Some of her old friends, principally to be found among the peachy-cheeked charmers with the skeleton throats, did once occasionally say, as they toyed in a ghastly manner with large fans--like charmers reduced to flirting with grim death, after losing all their other beaux--did once occasionally say, when the world assembled together, that they wondered the ashes of the Dedlocks, entombed in the mausoleum, never rose against the profanation
of her company.
It seems like profanation
to laugh and jest and bandy the frivolous chat of our day amid its hoary relics.
"Waxen dolls!" interrupted Obed; "it is profanation
, in the view of the arts, to liken the miserable handy-work of the dealers in wax to the pure models of antiquity!"
Bullfrog scarcely rebuked me for the profanation
. Emboldened by her indulgence, I threw back the calash from her polished brow, and suffered my fingers, white and delicate as her own, to stray among those dark and glossy curls which realized my daydreams of rich hair.
He heard me talk of the newspaper story of the murder of my father--I say, he heard me talk of it composedly, talk of it carelessly, in the innocent belief that it was the murder of a stranger--and he never opened his lips to prevent that horrid profanation
! He never even said, speak of something else; I won't hear you!
With a feeling as of profanation
she again seized the offending photograph and flung it across the room into a corner.
His voice sounded thin and futile after the other's, and to Jurgis it seemed a profanation
. Why should any one else speak, after that miraculous man--why should they not all sit in silence?
"My nature revolts at such profanation
, sir--I will take $75,000 with Miss Julia, and say no more about it."
This holiest of spots was defended from profanation
by the strictest edicts of the all-pervading 'taboo', which condemned to instant death the sacrilegious female who should enter or touch its sacred precincts, or even so much as press with her feet the ground made holy by the shadows that it cast.
The act of Astok, Prince of Dusar, was profanation
. There was no terror in the eyes of Thuvia of Ptarth--only horror for the thing the man had done and for its possible consequences.