I had not sup- posed he would move in the matter while I was away; and so I had not mapped out a scheme for determining the merits
of officers; I had only remarked that it would be wise to submit every candidate to a sharp and searching examination; and privately I meant to put together a list of military qualifications that no- body could answer to but my West Pointers.
It was contrary to every doctrine of her's that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition; and that Elinor's merit
should not be acknowledged by every one who knew her, was to her comprehension impossible.
He began with compliments on my liberty; said "he might pretend to some merit
in it;" but, however, added, "that if it had not been for the present situation of things at court, perhaps I might not have obtained it so soon.
What had the vizir done," said the Greek king, "to merit
The convention thought the concurrent jurisdiction preferable to that subordination; and it is evident that it has at least the merit
of reconciling an indefinite constitutional power of taxation in the Federal government with an adequate and independent power in the States to provide for their own necessities.
If Europe has the merit
of discovering this great mechanical power in government, by the simple agency of which the will of the largest political body may be concentred, and its force directed to any object which the public good requires, America can claim the merit
of making the discovery the basis of unmixed and extensive republics.
But Homer, as in all else he is of surpassing merit
, here too--whether from art or natural genius--seems to have happily discerned the truth.
Bingley, when questioned by Jane, had long ago asserted his blamelessness in the affair; that proud and repulsive as were his manners, she had never, in the whole course of their acquaintance-- an acquaintance which had latterly brought them much together, and given her a sort of intimacy with his ways-- seen anything that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust--anything that spoke him of irreligious or immoral habits; that among his own connections he was esteemed and valued-- that even Wickham had allowed him merit
as a brother, and that she had often heard him speak so affectionately of his sister as to prove him capable of some amiable feeling; that had his actions been what Mr.
You come from that country, you are a Frenchman, and the orders which I see glittering upon your person announce you to be a man of merit
as well as a man of quality.
Yet on the other hand' - he loosed his rosary -'I have acquired merit
by saving two lives - the lives of those that wronged me.
In short, the cost of an article of furniture has at length come to be, with us, nearly the sole test of its merit
in a decorative point of view - and this test, once established, has led the way to many analogous errors, readily traceable to the one primitive folly.
For your Fortune, and Merit
both, have been Eminent.