For instance, whether or not there is an open passage from the nostrils to the mouth, the only character, according to Owen, which absolutely distinguishes fishes and reptiles--the inflection of the angle of the jaws in Marsupials--the manner in which the wings of insects are folded--mere colour in certain Algae--mere pubescence on parts of the flower in grasses--the nature of the dermal covering, as hair or feathers, in the Vertebrata.
We care not how trifling a character may be--let it be the mere inflection of the angle of the jaw, the manner in which an insect's wing is folded, whether the skin be covered by hair or feathers--if it prevail throughout many and different species, especially those having very different habits of life, it assumes high value; for we can account for its presence in so many forms with such different habits, only by its inheritance from a common parent.
She could not go on, although Rebecca, with the smallest inflection
of sarcasm in her voice, besought her to continue that charming story.
He will express a phrase in a word, and he will qualify the meaning of an entire sentence by a syllable; he will even convey different significations by the simplest inflections
of the voice.
Reed's; she mouthed her words in speaking; her voice was deep, its inflections
very pompous, very dogmatical,--very intolerable, in short.
There was no change of attitude, no gesture; the effect of her speech was produced entirely by the inflections
of her voice, and when she came to the question, "Will God take care of us when we die?
The dark eye of the old warrior was dancing in his head with a wild animation, and the sluggish repose in which his aged frame had been resting in the canoe was now changed to all the rapid inflections
of practiced agility.
His voice took unexpected turns and inflections
, almost as if two men were speaking.
That little speech of four words, like so many others in all languages, is capable by varied vocal inflections
of expressing all states of mind from helpless dimness to exhaustive argumentative perception, from the completest self-devoting fellowship to the most neutral aloofness.
It cost me so much trouble, however, to dig the sense out of the grammar and lexicon, as I went on with the authors I was impatient to read, that I remember the words very well in all their forms and inflections
, and I have still what I think I may call a fair German vocabulary.
His voice sank into the tenderest inflections
, his smile expressed a thoughtful, fatherly admiration, whenever he spoke to Laura or to me.
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