As he listened to his brother's argument with the professor, he noticed that they connected these scientific questions
with those spiritual problems, that at times they almost touched on the latter; but every time they were close upon what seemed to him the chief point, they promptly beat a hasty retreat, and plunged again into a sea of subtle distinctions, reservations, quotations, allusions, and appeals to authorities, and it was with difficulty that he understood what they were talking about.
Gradgrind was extremely discomfited by this unexpected question
These are our answers to the questions
proposed to the Observatory of Cambridge by the members of the Gun Club:
Reluctantly, I confessed myself quite unable to answer the question
I have not come here, madam, to ask questions
about your son," I answered.
But with this boy, instead of asking him different questions
, you make a practice of asking him the same question
every day at breakfast.
This prophecy pleased Pierre very much and he often asked himself what would put an end to the power of the beast, that is, of Napoleon, and tried by the same system of using letters as numbers and adding them up, to find an answer to the question
that engrossed him.
He listened with a patience which was rare with him: he put his questions
with a gentleness which was rarer still; and when
By the bye, is there not some question
of an impending marriage on the part of the Countess?
My fear was of having to deal with the intolerable question
of the grounds of his dismissal from school, for that was really but the question
of the horrors gathered behind.
It is but a superficial mode of examining into this question
to begin with the place and the people; for it may happen that these may be divided from that, or that some one of them may live in one place, and some in another (but this question
may be regarded as no very knotty one; for, as a city may acquire that appellation on many accounts, it may be solved many ways); and in like manner, when men inhabit one common place, when shall we say that they inhabit the same city, or that the city is the same?
On my arrival at New York the question
was at its height.