Though unworthy, from inferiority of age and strength, to be their constant
associate, their pleasures and schemes were sometimes of a nature to make a third very useful, especially when that third was of an obliging, yielding temper; and they could not but own, when their aunt inquired into her faults, or their brother Edmund urged her claims to their kindness, that "Fanny was good-natured enough.
If I were a more constant
sort of fellow, I should have held on either to Badger or to Kenge and Carboy like grim death, and should have begun to be steady and systematic by this time, and shouldn't be in debt, and--"
But as the variability of the extraordinarily-developed part or organ has been so great and long-continued within a period not excessively remote, we might, as a general rule, expect still to find more variability in such parts than in other parts of the organisation, which have remained for a much longer period nearly constant.
It would be almost superfluous to adduce evidence in support of the above statement, that specific characters are more variable than generic; but I have repeatedly noticed in works on natural history, that when an author has remarked with surprise that some important organ or part, which is generally very constant throughout large groups of species, has differed considerably in closely-allied species, that it has, also, been variable in the individuals of some of the species.
On the other hand, the points in which species differ from other species of the same genus, are called specific characters; and as these specific characters have varied and come to differ within the period of the branching off of the species from a common progenitor, it is probable that they should still often be in some degree variable,--at least more variable than those parts of the organisation which have for a very long period remained constant.
Hence arises, as I have found to my cost, a constant
tendency to fill up the wide gaps of knowledge, by inaccurate and superficial hypotheses.
Yes,' replied he, slightly averting his face: 'I thought it but civil to take the first opportunity of returning their kind attentions, since they have been so very particular and constant
in their inquiries throughout the whole course of my illness.
Constant terror, perhaps, had had as much to do with his physical condition as had improper food.
Beside him were two hyenas, which rumor had said were his only and constant companions.
Ceaseless slavery meeting with no reward; constant
gentleness and kindness met by cruelty as constant
; love, labour, patience, watchfulness, without even so much as the acknowledgement of a good word; all this, how many of them have to bear in quiet, and appear abroad with cheerful faces as if they felt nothing.
Poor Dolly's heart--a little, gentle, idle, fickle thing; giddy, restless, fluttering; constant
to nothing but bright looks, and smiles and laughter--Dolly's heart was breaking.
Pickwick was confined to bed, Sam was his constant