Is it possible," he asked, with an overacted assumption
of surprise, "that you think I am in earnest?
First, that on the above-mentioned Feast of the Assumption
, small beer having been served to the novices in the proportion of one quart to each four, the said brother John did drain the pot at one draught to the detriment of brother Paul, brother Porphyry and brother Ambrose, who could scarce eat their none-meat of salted stock-fish on account of their exceeding dryness,"
It has been assumed in the foregoing pages that the poems of the Trojan Cycle are later than the Homeric poems; but, as the opposite view has been held, the reasons for this assumption
must now be given.
The author of the 'Vestiges of Creation' would, I presume, say that, after a certain unknown number of generations, some bird had given birth to a woodpecker, and some plant to the misseltoe, and that these had been produced perfect as we now see them; but this assumption
seems to me to be no explanation, for it leaves the case of the coadaptations of organic beings to each other and to their physical conditions of life, untouched and unexplained.
Well, then, I hope to make the discovery in this way: I mean to begin with the assumption
that our State, if rightly ordered, is perfect.
Yet I could not but perceive that she was at times unhappy and dissatisfied with herself or her position, and truly I myself was not quite contented with the latter: this assumption
of brotherly nonchalance was very hard to sustain, and I often felt myself a most confounded hypocrite with it all; I saw too, or rather I felt, that, in spite of herself, 'I was not indifferent to her,' as the novel heroes modestly express it, and while I thankfully enjoyed my present good fortune, I could not fail to wish and hope for something better in future; but, of course, I kept such dreams entirely to myself.
To assume the right to new values--that is the most formidable assumption
for a load-bearing and reverent spirit.
If we are to avoid a perfectly gratuitous assumption
, we must dispense with the subject as one of the actual ingredients of the world.
Levin rather disliked his holiday attitude to life and a sort of free and easy assumption
I was, to speak plainly, so shocked that I tried to conceal my impression by--Heaven forgive me--a smile and the assumption
of a light manner.
Feeling it necessary to do something then, he stretched himself out at greater length, and, reclining with the back of his head on the end of the sofa, and smoking with an infinite assumption
of negligence, turned his common face, and not too sober eyes, towards the face looking down upon him so carelessly yet so potently.
Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions
of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities.