Lastly, near kinsfolks, and fellows in office, and those that have been bred together, are more apt
to envy their equals, when they are raised.
Even when their bellies are full and they can eat no more, they kill purely for the pleasure which they derive from taking life, and so when this particular apt
failed to charge us, and instead wheeled and trotted away as we neared him, I should have been greatly surprised had I not chanced to glimpse the sheen of a golden collar about its neck.
Our music consisted of the well-mixed strains of a melodeon which was a little asthmatic and apt
to catch its breath where it ought to come out strong, a clarinet which was a little unreliable on the high keys and rather melancholy on the low ones, and a disreputable accordion that had a leak somewhere and breathed louder than it squawked--a more elegant term does not occur to me just now.
Each ocellus is furnished with its own lid, and the apt
can, at will, close as many of the facets of his huge eyes as he chooses.
If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us; for no age is so apt
as youth to think its emotions, partings, and resolves are the last of their kind.
We had been very happy at Columbus, as we were apt
to be anywhere, but none of us liked the narrowness of city streets, even so near to the woods as those were, and we were eager for the country again.
Saintsbury rightly points out, in correction of an imperfectly informed French critic of our literature) the radical distinction between poetry and prose has ever been recognized by its students, yet the imaginative impulse, which is perhaps the richest of our purely intellectual gifts, has been apt
to invade the province of that tact and good judgment, alike as to matter and manner, in which we are not richer than other people.
Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt
pupils, and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers.
Being familiar with the fact that many species, naturalised through man's agency, have spread with astonishing rapidity over new countries, we are apt
to infer that most species would thus spread; but we should remember that the forms which become naturalised in new countries are not generally closely allied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but are very distinct species, belonging in a large proportion of cases, as shown by Alph.
On the other hand, those steadfast natures which can better be depended upon, which in a battle are impregnable to fear and immovable, are equally immovable when there is anything to be learned; they are always in a torpid state, and are apt
to yawn and go to sleep over any intellectual toil.
This somewhat may be indeed resembled to the famous trunk-maker in the playhouse; for, whenever the person who is possessed of it doth what is right, no ravished or friendly spectator is so eager or so loud in his applause: on the contrary, when he doth wrong, no critic is so apt
to hiss and explode him.
The peculiarities of his father and mother were very irksome to him, now they were laid bare of all the softening accompaniments of an easy, prosperous home; for Tom had very clear, prosaic eyes, not apt
to be dimmed by mists of feeling or imagination.