For if we take his whole works
, at times we plow through pages of dry-as-dust argument where there is never a glimmer of that beauty which makes poetry a joy, till we grow weary of it.
When I returned home my first care was to procure the whole works
of this author, and afterwards of Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus.
Now, perhaps the reflections which we should be here inclined to draw would alike contradict both these conclusions, and would show that these incidents contribute only to confirm the great, useful, and uncommon doctrine, which it is the purpose of this whole work
to inculcate, and which we must not fill up our pages by frequently repeating, as an ordinary parson fills his sermon by repeating his text at the end of every paragraph.
Other things being equal, the value of a book, and especially of an author's whole work
, is proportional to its range, that is to the breadth and variety of the life and characters which it presents.
I believe in it, I answer for it, for the whole work
of man really seems to consist in nothing but proving to himself every minute that he is a man and not a piano-key!
In the last chapter I shall give a brief recapitulation of the whole work
, and a few concluding remarks.
In four days he had completed the whole work
, and on the fifth Calypso sent him from the island after washing him and giving him some clean clothes.
It is not the spirit only that tells me this--I see it in the whole work
and word of the Gospel.
The book represents, to a certain extent, the conflict between the author's earlier and later methods of composition, but the gigantic conception of the 'White Whale,' as Hawthorne expressed it, permeates the whole work
, and lifts it bodily into the highest domain of romance.
"The fool priest will upset the whole work
to which I have devoted near twenty years," he muttered, "if I find not the means to quiet his half-wit tongue.
He read of the room that was prepared at the palace at Rheims for the use of Queen Joan of Burgundy and was decorated with "thirteen hundred and twenty-one parrots, made in broidery, and blazoned with the king's arms, and five hundred and sixty-one butterflies, whose wings were similarly ornamented with the arms of the queen, the whole worked
in gold." Catherine de Medicis had a mourning-bed made for her of black velvet powdered with crescents and suns.
It would take up a larger volume than this whole work
is intended to be to set down all the contrivances I hatched, or rather brooded upon, in my thoughts, for the destroying these creatures, or at least frightening them so as to prevent their coming hither any more: but all this was abortive; nothing could be possible to take effect, unless I was to be there to do it myself: and what could one man do among them, when perhaps there might be twenty or thirty of them together with their darts, or their bows and arrows, with which they could shoot as true to a mark as I could with my gun?