He who first opens Chaucer, or any other ancient poet, is so much struck with the obsolete spelling, multiplied consonants, and antiquated appearance of the language, that he is apt to lay the work down in despair, as encrusted too deep with the rust of antiquity, to permit
his judging of its merits or tasting its beauties.
Your excellency does not require a permit
, for the island is uninhabited.
Will you permit
me, then, to recall another to you?
For while the journalism of the States permits
a pantomimic vulgarity long past anything English, it also shows a real excitement about the most earnest mental problems, of which English papers are innocent, or rather incapable.
I pressed my thumb upon the button which controls the ray of repulsion, that splendid discovery of the Martians which permits
them to navigate the thin atmosphere of their planet in huge ships that dwarf the dreadnoughts of our earthly navies into pitiful significance.
A stay of one or two days will be made here, which, if time permits
, may be extended, and passing on through the islands, and probably in sight of the Peak of Teneriffe, a southern track will be taken, and the Atlantic crossed within the latitudes of the northeast trade winds, where mild and pleasant weather, and a smooth sea, can always be expected.
It is a spontaneous fruit of talents and feelings of precisely that class who have most vigor, who take the lead in the world of this hour, and though far from pure, far from constituting the gladdest and highest tone of human feeling, is as good as the whole society permits
it to be.
Then there remains the most interesting subject--that, as it is, has only been touched on incidentally--of the magnificent system of military organisation in force in that country, which, in my opinion, is much superior to that inaugurated by Chaka in Zululand, inasmuch as it permits
of even more rapid mobilisation, and does not necessitate the employment of the pernicious system of enforced celibacy.
The popular drapery hardly permits
the religious skeleton to be suspected.
We will not pretend to say that Heaven always apportions to a man's capability of endurance the anguish with which he afflicts him; for that, indeed, would not be true, since Heaven permits
the existence of death, which is, sometimes, the only refuge open to those who are too closely pressed - too bitterly afflicted, as far as the body is concerned.
Felix Sweetsir wrote, "With pleasure, dear Alfred, if my health permits
me to leave the house.
His hunting had not carried him far afield, nor was he prone to permit
it to do so.