2) On the other hand while tradition steadily puts the Cyclic poets at various dates
from 776 B.C.
As a rule, there is not more than one short sentence for a year, sometimes not even that, but merely a date
. It is like this:--
"I can think of no means of ascertaining the date
at present," I said, "because I can think of no persons who are sure to know it, but Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde."
"Why should I deceive a stranger, or attempt to, in so simple a matter as the date
"The oldest date
is eighteen-seventy-five, and there is only one of that year."
"The prisoner at the bar called at my shop on the date
indicated on my register, some days later than the date
indicated in the register of Mr.
There was no name signed, and no date
. It was an inscription well calculated to pique curiosity.
It is not necessary to discuss at length a minor question which has been raised by Boeckh, respecting the imaginary date
at which the conversation was held (the year 411 B.
were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns, indicating the month, the day of the month, and the day for the stipulated and actual arrivals at each principal point Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York, and London--from the 2nd of October to the 21st of December; and giving a space for setting down the gain made or the loss suffered on arrival at each locality.
He had only to make the date
at which the loan expired coincide with the date
of his marriage, and there was his father-in-law's money at his disposal, or at his wife's disposal--which meant the same thing.
She saw the well-known signature: "Andrew Vanstone." She saw the customary attestations of the two witnesses; and the date
of the document, reverting to a period of more than five years since.
He sold all his flock, invested it in a cargo of dates
, and set sail.