Politics, literature, agriculture--the customary pursuits of a man in my position--had none of them the slightest attraction for me.
Van Brandt, on the contrary, seemed to find but little attraction in the spectacle presented by the stage.
Yet in our more temperate regions, in which the southward attraction
is hardly felt, walking sometimes in a perfectly desolate plain where there have been no houses nor trees to guide me, I have been occasionally compelled to remain stationary for hours together, waiting till the rain came before continuing my journey.
The lesser attraction
of this smaller planet and the reduced air pressure of its greatly rarefied atmosphere, afforded so little resistance to my earthly muscles that the ordinary exertion of the mere act of rising sent me several feet into the air and precipitated me upon my face in the soft and brilliant grass of this strange world.
Later on, when each developed individuality and became personally conscious of impulsions and desires, the attraction
of the light increased.
in reaching the point where the attraction of the earth and moon will be
Its fire, therefore, will be perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; and the projectile will soonest pass beyond the range of the terrestrial attraction.
It ended with the double hypothesis: either the attraction of the moon would draw it to herself, and the travelers thus attain their end; or that the projectile, held in one immutable orbit, would gravitate around the lunar disc to all eternity.
One single hypothesis of the observers of Long's Peak could ever be realized, that which foresaw the case of the travelers (if still alive) uniting their efforts with the lunar attraction to attain the surface of the disc.
And for this reason, I said, money and honour have no attraction
for them; good men do not wish to be openly demanding payment for governing and so to get the name of hirelings, nor by secretly helping themselves out of the public revenues to get the name of thieves.
We must suppose that the stimulus to the performance of each act is an impulsion from behind, not an attraction
from the future.
Apart from the interest Kitty took in this girl's relations with Madame Stahl and with other unknown persons, Kitty, as often happened, felt an inexplicable attraction
to Mademoiselle Varenka, and was aware when their eyes met that she too liked her.