It was the belief
of those who knew him best, that he would positively have taken the very singular step of giving up the House of the Seven Gables to the representative of Matthew Maule, but for the unspeakable tumult which a suspicion of the old gentleman's project awakened among his Pyncheon relatives.
If the guillotine, as applied to office-holders, were a literal fact, instead of one of the most apt of metaphors, it is my sincere belief
that the active members of the victorious party were sufficiently excited to have chopped off all our heads, and have thanked Heaven for the opportunity
Injun Joe repeated his statement, just as calmly, a few minutes afterward on the inquest, under oath; and the boys, seeing that the lightnings were still withheld, were confirmed in their belief
that Joe had sold himself to the devil.
Miss Sawyer shuddered openly at the adjective "lively" as applied to a child; her belief
being that though children might be seen, if absolutely necessary, they certainly should never be heard if she could help it.
Lively as he was, it seemed a liveliness that did not satisfy himself; but what decided her belief
on the subject, was his staying only a quarter of an hour, and hurrying away to make other calls in Highbury.
I can only repeat that I place implicit belief
in her statement.
The sight of the empty hole made his heart leap violently, but the belief
that his gold was gone could not come at once--only terror, and the eager effort to put an end to the terror.
Yet year after year we give eager belief
to his promises.
Ah, she's a handsome craft, she is," the cook would say, and give her sugar from his pocket, and then the bird would peck at the bars and swear straight on, passing belief
that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
At times I held the belief
so strongly that I actually tried to take human life.
But out of that chaos your belief
in your own prudence and sagacity reasserts itself.