She was glowing from her morning toilet as only healthful youth can glow: there was gem-like brightness on her coiled hair and in her hazel eyes; there was warm red life in her lips; her throat had a breathing whiteness above the differing white of the fur which itself seemed to wind about her neck and cling down her blue-gray pelisse with a tenderness gathered from her own, a sentient
commingled innocence which kept its loveliness against the crystalline purity of the outdoor snow.
Dancing began; I should have liked well enough to be introduced to some pleasing and intelligent girl, and to have freedom and opportunity to show that I could both feel and communicate the pleasure of social intercourse--that I was not, in short, a block, or a piece of furniture, but an acting, thinking, sentient
'When Master Bloomfield's amusements consist in injuring sentient
creatures,' I answered, 'I think it my duty to interfere.'
All night he lay there, alternately unconscious and painfully sentient
; and in the latter state watching with savage hatred the lurid flames which still rose from burning crib and hay cock.
Then silence brooded over all--silence so complete that it seemed in itself a sentient
thing--silence which seemed like incarnate darkness, and conveyed the same idea to all who came within its radius.
Naked and unarmed, as I was, my end would have been both speedy and horrible at the hands of these cruel creatures had I had time to put my resolve into execution, but at the moment of the shriek each member of the herd turned in the direction from which the sound seemed to come, and at the same instant every particular snake-like hair upon their heads rose stiffly perpendicular as if each had been a sentient
organism looking or listening for the source or meaning of the wail.
Instantly the latter was transformed to a sentient
creature, filled with pulsing life and alert energy.
If I could collect humanity into one sentient
force, I would set my heel upon it without hesitation.
"Doubtless you do not hold with those (I need not name them to a man of your reading) who have taught that all matter is sentient
, that every atom is a living, feeling, conscious being.
Mortimer would often turn to her, as if she were an interpreter between this sentient
world and the insensible man; and she would change the dressing of a wound, or ease a ligature, or turn his face, or alter the pressure of the bedclothes on him, with an absolute certainty of doing right.
When I was as old as you, I was a feeling fellow enough, partial to the unfledged, unfostered, and unlucky; but Fortune has knocked me about since: she has even kneaded me with her knuckles, and now I flatter myself I am hard and tough as an India-rubber ball; pervious, though, through a chink or two still, and with one sentient
point in the middle of the lump.
The Killer shuddered, scowling at the inanimate iron and wood of the spear as though they constituted a sentient
being endowed with a malignant mind.