Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win
his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
No doubt I am handicapped by a certain respectful homage which I always feel involuntarily to any one in the shape of woman, for anything savouring of respect is the last thing to win
the bar-maid heart divine.
He had been known, in the circle of the Musketeers, to win
in one night three thousand pistoles; to lose them even to the gold-embroidered belt for gala days, win
all this again with the addition of a hundred louis, without his beautiful eyebrow being heightened or lowered half a line, without his hands losing their pearly hue, without his conversation, which was cheerful that evening, ceasing to be calm and agreeable.
I tell you, and it shall surely be--Nestor will keep neither of you, but will put both of you to the sword, if we win
any the worse a prize through your carelessness.
Of course, during the season, some madman or another may make his appearance--generally an Englishman, or an Asiatic, or a Turk--and (as had happened during the summer of which I write) win
or lose a great deal; but, as regards the rest of the crowd, it plays only for petty gulden, and seldom does much wealth figure on the board.
Taxes and imposts upon them, do seldom good to the king's revenue; for that that he wins
in the hundred, he leeseth in the shire; the particular rates being increased, but the total bulk of trading, rather decreased.
And if he be defeated he wins
the grim joy of fighting; if he lose the race, he, at least, has had a run.
You do not know what all around you see in Esther Summerson, how many hearts she touches and awakens, what sacred admiration and what love she wins
The artist, the scholar, and, in general, the clerisy, wins
their way up into these places and get represented here, somewhat on this footing of conquest.
I know by now, if he wins
he comes back early to brag about it, but if he stays out till morning it means he's lost and will come back in a rage.
As to Goldsmith, I do not think that a man of harsh and arrogant nature, of worldly and selfish soul, could ever have written his style, and I do not think that, in far greater measure than criticism has recognized, his spiritual quality, his essential friendliness, expressed itself in the literary beauty that wins
the heart as well as takes the fancy in his work.
Now that she is here she remains for a time, and though she is in the arm-chair by the fire, where she sits bolt upright (she loved to have cushions on the unused chairs, but detested putting her back against them), and I am bent low over my desk, I know that contentment and pity are struggling for possession of her face: contentment wins
when she surveys her room, pity when she looks at me.