So, year after year, Silas Marner had lived in this solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot, and his life narrowing
and hardening itself more and more into a mere pulsation of desire and satisfaction that had no relation to any other being.
upward from this wealthy but inconspicuous substratum was the compact and dominant group which the Mingotts, Newlands, Chiverses and Mansons so actively represented.
A, lady--who had fed herself from childhood with the shadowy food of aristocratic reminiscences, and whose religion it was that a lady's hand soils itself irremediably by doing aught for bread,--this born lady, after sixty years of narrowing
means, is fain to step down from her pedestal of imaginary rank.
The next morning she rose early, and taking only some milk and bread for her breakfast, set out to walk on the road towards Ashby, under a leaden-coloured sky, with a narrowing
streak of yellow, like a departing hope, on the edge of the horizon.
Thurid turned toward Xodar, his eyes narrowing
to two nasty slits.
The children with their fair hair and rosy cheeks, strong, healthy, and vivacious; the delicate form of the hops; the challenging emerald of the leaves, like a blare of trumpets; the magic of the green alley, narrowing
to a point as you looked down the row, with the pickers in their sun-bonnets: perhaps there was more of the Greek spirit there than you could find in the books of professors or in museums.