A two-fold office the gods allotted you, O Shaker of the Earth, to be a tamer
of horses and a saviour of ships!
We were in just the state of equilibrium that would remain in one of those "Happy Family" cages which animal-tamers exhibit, if the tamer
were to leave it for ever.
Were we among the tamer
scenes of nature I might fear to encounter your unbelief, perhaps your ridicule; but many things will appear possible in these wild and mysterious regions which would provoke the laughter of those unacquainted with the ever- varied powers of nature; nor can I doubt but that my tale conveys in its series internal evidence of the truth of the events of which it is composed."
Formerly the birds appear to have been even tamer
than at present.
So it has been since the days of Hecuba, and of Hector, Tamer
of horses; inside the gates, the women with streaming hair and uplifted hands offering prayers, watching the world's combat from afar, filling their long, empty days with memories and fears; outside, the men, in fierce struggle with things divine and human, quenching memory in the stronger light of purpose, losing the sense of dread and even of wounds in the hurrying ardor of action.
He had the courage to slowly tame the countess by bringing her sweetmeats; he took such pains in choosing them, and he learned so well how to keep the little conquests he sought to make upon her instincts--that last shred of her intellect --that he ended by making her much TAMER
than she had ever been.
She had meant to ask him why it is that the sparrows in Lincoln's Inn Fields are tamer
than the sparrows in Hyde Park--perhaps it is that the passers-by are rarer, and they come to recognize their benefactors.
There were other bridge-builders in the world, certainly, but it was always Alexander's picture that the Sunday Supplement men wanted, because he looked as a tamer
of rivers ought to look.
On the other hand, habit alone in some cases has sufficed; no animal is more difficult to tame than the young of the wild rabbit; scarcely any animal is tamer
than the young of the tame rabbit; but I do not suppose that domestic rabbits have ever been selected for tameness; and I presume that we must attribute the whole of the inherited change from extreme wildness to extreme tameness, simply to habit and long-continued close confinement.
I think that a description of any loud, stirring, tumultuous episode must be tamer
in German than in English.
He fell heavily to the ground and Ulysses vaunted over him saying, "O Socus, son of Hippasus tamer
of horses, death has been too quick for you and you have not escaped him: poor wretch, not even in death shall your father and mother close your eyes, but the ravening vultures shall enshroud you with the flapping of their dark wings and devour you.
Seen in that light he was well worth taming, and I suppose every woman at the bottom of her heart considers herself as a tamer
of strange beasts.