But to learn all about these recondite
matters, your best way is at once to descend into the blubber-room, and have a long talk with its inmates.
Had he that deep-seated recondite
complaint, and did any doctor find it out?
Still further, like a human, he could and did perceive, and such perceptions did flower in his brain as concepts, certainly not so wide and deep and recondite
as those of humans, but concepts nevertheless.
I remarked, moreover, with respect to experiments, that they become always more necessary the more one is advanced in knowledge; for, at the commencement, it is better to make use only of what is spontaneously presented to our senses, and of which we cannot remain ignorant, provided we bestow on it any reflection, however slight, than to concern ourselves about more uncommon and recondite
phenomena: the reason of which is, that the more uncommon often only mislead us so long as the causes of the more ordinary are still unknown; and the circumstances upon which they depend are almost always so special and minute as to be highly difficult to detect.
Her vagaries soon ceased to puzzle me: the psychology of Jane Braithwaite was not recondite
. In the night it had dawned upon her that Rattray had found me harmless and was done with me, therefore there was no need for her to put herself out any further on my account.
With her near-sightedness, and those tremulous fingers of hers, at once inflexible and delicate, she could not be a seamstress; although her sampler, of fifty years gone by, exhibited some of the most recondite
specimens of ornamental needlework.
The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite
matter to us.
Sometimes she might have been seen squatting upon her haunches in front of a huge wooden basin, and kneading poee-poee with terrific vehemence, dashing the stone pestle about as if she would shiver the vessel into fragments; on other occasions, galloping about the valley in search of a particular kind of leaf, used in some of her recondite
operations, and returning home, toiling and sweating, with a bundle of it, under which most women would have sunk.
Babcock's birthplace, and, for reasons too recondite
to unfold, his visit there always assumed in his mind a jocular cast.
We hear from mathematicians that bees have practically solved a recondite
problem, and have made their cells of the proper shape to hold the greatest possible amount of honey, with the least possible consumption of precious wax in their construction.
A representative sentence is this: 'Although there be none so ignorant that doth not know, neither any so impudent that will not confesse, friendship to be the jewell of humaine joye; yet whosoever shall see this amitie grounded upon a little affection, will soone conjecture that it shall be dissolved upon a light occasion.' Others of Lyly's affectations are rhetorical questions, hosts of allusions to classical history, and literature, and an unfailing succession of similes from all the recondite
knowledge that he can command, especially from the fantastic collection of fables which, coming down through the Middle Ages from the Roman writer Pliny, went at that time by the name of natural history and which we have already encountered in the medieval Bestiaries.
Anyhow, when at last it is done, you will find it is no recondite
, but a simple, natural, common state which the writer restores to you.