We know some things about the future, for example what eclipses there will be; but this knowledge is a matter of elaborate calculation and inference, whereas some of our knowledge of the past comes to us without effort, in the same sort of immediate
way in which we acquire knowledge of occurrences in our present environment.
She knew not the exact degree of his affection for his aunt, or his dependence on her judgment, but it was natural to suppose that he thought much higher of her ladyship than she could do; and it was certain that, in enumerating the miseries of a marriage with one whose immediate
connections were so unequal to his own, his aunt would address him on his weakest side.
Had Napoleon not ridden out on the evening of the twenty-fourth to the Kolocha, and had he not then ordered an immediate
attack on the redoubt but had begun the attack next morning, no one would have doubted that the Shevardino Redoubt was the left flank of our and the battle would have taken place where we expected it.
"I rather think you are mistaken, for when I was talking to her yesterday of getting a new grate for the spare bedchamber, she observed that there was no immediate
hurry for it, as it was not likely that the room would be wanted for some time."
I wrote back, warmly acknowledging my obligations to his kindness, and apologising for not expressing my thanks personally, in consequence of my immediate
recall on pressing business to town.
When, some months later, the story appeared, its effect was immediate
on both sides the Atlantic.
The weaver's hand had known the touch of hard-won money even before the palm had grown to its full breadth; for twenty years, mysterious money had stood to him as the symbol of earthly good, and the immediate
object of toil.
Some of them, either less impressed with the importance of national credit, or because their citizens have little, if any, immediate
interest in the question, feel an indifference, if not a repugnance, to the payment of the domestic debt at any rate.
Almost might it be said that he and the man could talk by the hour, although few and simple were the abstractions they could talk; very little of the immediate
concrete past, and scarcely anything of the immediate
concrete future, entered into their conversations.
I had heard of some discoveries having been made by an English philosopher, the knowledge of which was material to my success, and I sometimes thought of obtaining my father's consent to visit England for this purpose; but I clung to every pretence of delay and shrank from taking the first step in an undertaking whose immediate
necessity began to appear less absolute to me.
The Distinguished Naturalist made no immediate
reply, but later, as in the shades of night they journeyed through the desolate vastness of the Great Lone Land, he broke the silence:
I have begged her to excuse my immediate
compliance with her request, and to favor me with a call to-morrow morning, when I shall be prepared to meet her with a definite answer.