We commonly imagine, when we use a proper name, that we mean
one definite entity, the particular individual who was called "Napoleon.
But "glory" doesn't mean
"a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.
that the return of a deposit of gold which is to the injury of the receiver, if the two parties are friends, is not the repayment of a debt,--that is what you would imagine him to say?
that quantum of the means
of subsistence, which is absolutely requisite in bare existence as a labourer.
Then there are some words which mean
one thing when you emphasize the first syllable, but mean
something very different if you throw the emphasis on the last syllable.
I for my part noticed by the sense of sight, before I entered your Kingdom, that some of your people are Lines and others Points, and that some of the Lines are larger --" "You speak of an impossibility," interrupted the King; "you must have seen a vision; for to detect the difference between a Line and a Point by the sense of sight is, as every one knows, in the nature of things, impossible; but it can be detected by the sense of hearing, and by the same means
my shape can be exactly ascertained.
Bill Starkey," continued John, "did not mean
to frighten his brother into fits when he dressed up like a ghost and ran after him in the moonlight; but he did; and that bright, handsome little fellow, that might have been the pride of any mother's heart is just no better than an idiot, and never will be, if he lives to be eighty years old.
But surely love means
perfect trust," said Rosalind.
The captain chid her for the conclusion of her speech, as an improper assurance in judging of her master's actions: for if his honour, or his understanding, would have suffered the captain to make an alliance with Mrs Wilkins, his pride would by no means
have admitted it.
In the present task I have not got beyond this:--I am bent on finding Lizzie, and I mean
to find her, and I will take any means
of finding her that offer themselves.
He is at some obvious pains to "punish vice and reward virtue," but I do not mean
that easy morality when I praise his; I mean
the more difficult sort that recognizes in each man's soul the arbiter not of his fate surely, but surely of his peace.
There is another art which imitates by means
of language alone, and that either in prose or verse--which, verse, again, may either combine different metres or consist of but one kind--but this has hitherto been without a name.