To the mysterious charm of Nature--of hills and forests and pleasant breezes; to the loveliness and grace of meadow-flowers or of a young man or a girl; to the varied sheen of rich colors--to all attractive objects of sight and sound and motion their fancy responded keenly and joyfully; but they preferred chiefly to weave
these things into stories and verse of supernatural romance or vague suggestiveness; for substantial work of solider structure either in life or in literature they possessed comparatively little faculty.
You shall live in peace, and spin your delicate threads into a mantle for the stern King; and I will weave
golden threads amid the gray, that when folded over his cold heart gentle thoughts may enter in and make it their home.
Over their heads in the branches Of their new-bought, ancient trees, I weave
an incantation, And draw them to my knees.
Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come, and I will weave
a ladder with it, and when that is ready I will descend, and you will take me on your horse.
Thus property is as an instrument to living; an estate is a multitude of instruments; so a slave is an animated instrument, but every one that can minister of himself is more valuable than any other instrument; for if every instrument, at command, or from a preconception of its master's will, could accomplish its work (as the story goes of the statues of Daedalus; or what the poet tells us of the tripods of Vulcan, "that they moved of their own accord into the assembly of the gods "), the shuttle would then weave
, and the lyre play of itself; nor would the architect want servants, or the [1254a] master slaves.
Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave
into the thread of my stories.
It never entered anybody's head to weave
a basket out of willow-withes.
Is it not true that a machine-loom will weave
more cloth and weave
more cheaply than a hand-loom?
The old chronicles did not weave
their history into stories, they simply put down a date and something that happened on that date.
I'll ask him about that life-book myself, but I want you to tell him that you told me the story of lost Margaret and ask him if he will let me use it as a thread of romance with which to weave
the stories of the life-book into a harmonious whole.
Having seen his industrious white neighbors so well off -- that the lawyer had only to weave
arguments, and, by some magic, wealth and standing followed -- he had said to himself: I will go into business; I will weave
baskets; it is a thing which I can do.
They gave out that they knew how to weave
stuffs of the most beautiful colors and elaborate patterns, the clothes manufactured from which should have the wonderful property of remaining invisible to everyone who was unfit for the office he held, or who was extraordinarily simple in character.