When we pass from the works of nature, in which all the delineations are perfectly accurate, and appear to be otherwise only from the imperfection of the eye which surveys them, to the institutions of man, in which the obscurity arises as well from the object itself as from the organ by which it is contemplated, we must perceive the necessity of moderating still further our expectations and hopes from the efforts of human sagacity.
Besides the obscurity arising from the complexity of objects, and the imperfection of the human faculties, the medium through which the conceptions of men are conveyed to each other adds a fresh embarrassment.
He even smiled again--that same sad smile, which always appeared like a faint glimmering of light, proceeding from the obscurity
beneath the veil.
The Nautilus floated in the midst of a phosphorescent bed which, in this obscurity
, became quite dazzling.
Hardly had D'Artagnan seen, through a crevice in his closet, that the whole apartment was in obscurity
, than he slipped out of his concealment, at the very moment when Kitty reclosed the door of communication.
Still there is so much obscurity
in the Indian traditions, and so much confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful.
As it was, he impressed himself professionally on Europe to an extent that made his comparative personal obscurity
, and the failure of Oxford to do justice to his eminence, a puzzle to foreign specialists in his subject.
One can imagine what confusion and obscurity
would result from such an account of the duel.
And at the bottom, quite in the shade, where the details are absorbed in the obscurity
, the mastiff, with his eyes glistening like carbuncles, and shaking his chain, on which the double light from the lamp of Rosa and the lantern of Gryphus threw a brilliant glitter.
In solitude and obscurity
, the miserable wretch sat down in a corner, and covered his face with his hands, and tried to realize what had happened to him.
While they glided nearer and nearer, their gray obscurity
of hue melted away.
A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity
of public office.