June 29th, 2009

blue legacy

term of art

sham relief party

sunday xcix

the whole thing marked a change, very slight yet very perceptible; and though no man could say my master had gone at all out of his mind, no man could deny that he had drifted from his character. it was the same to the end, with his manner and appearance. some of the heat of the fever lingered in his veins: his movements a little hurried, his speech notably more voluble, yet neither truly amiss. his whole mind stood open to happy impressions, welcoming these and making much of them; but the smallest suggestion of trouble or sorrow he received with visible impatience and dismissed again with immediate relief.

to come to the next topic: you may work on the enemy's fears by the various devices of mock ambuscades, sham relief parties, false information. conversely, his confidence will reach an overweening pitch, if the idea gets abroad that his opponents have troubles of their own and little leisure for offensive operations.

but over and beyond all that can be written on the subject—inventiveness is a personal matter, beyond all formulas—the true general must be able to take in, deceive, decoy, delude his adversary at every turn, as the particular occasion demands. in fact, there is no instrument of war more cunning than chicanery; (6) which is not surprising when one reflects that even little boys, when playing, "how many (marbles) have i got in my hand?" (7) are able to take one another in successfully. out goes a clenched fist, but with such cunning that he who holds a few is thought to hold several; or he may present several and appear to be holding only a few. is it likely that a grown man, giving his whole mind to methods of chicanery, will fail of similar inventiveness? indeed, when one comes to consider what is meant by advantages snatched in war, one will find, i think, that the greater part of them, and those the more important, must be attributed in some way or other to displays of craft; (8) which things being so, a man had better either not attempt to exercise command, or, as part and parcel of his general equipment, let him pray to heaven to enable him to exercise this faculty and be at pains himself to cultivate his own inventiveness.

"i can stop if i want to. they amuse me, that's all."

"you can't stop. it's in your blood. it's the jew in you."

"the---- here, i'll show you. i won't do another sketch for a year. i'll prove to you that my ancestors' religion doesn't influence my work, or my play."

then, just as falk was ready to put his hand on him, the man let go his hold and sank like a stone. falk reflected on these sights. his heart revolted against the horror of death, and he said to himself that he would struggle for every precious minute of his life.

without wasting any time in the fruitless indulgence of vexation, i once more set out in search of an abode in which i could hide myself for a few weeks.
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ha. ha.

if i have to dream, i wish i could dream about something besides doing the backstroke!

the first (bottommost) line, undivided, shows its subject, when the movement approaches, looking out and around with apprehension, and afterwards smiling and talking cheerfully. there will be good fortune.

words that embody things that you may be a part of are "juxtaposition."

words that embody people or things in your periphery are "astronaut, butterfly, electricity, enthusiasm, transformation."

she had been unable to get an answer to any of her numerous calls, and suspected the bell had been removed.

held together by an unexampled concurrence of sentiment, which, is nevertheless subject to change, and which, every secret enemy is endeavouring to dissolve. our present condition, is, legislation without law; wisdom without a plan; a constitution without a name; and, what is strangely astonishing, perfect independance contending for dependance. the instance is without a precedent; the case never existed before; and who can tell what may be the event? the property of no man is secure in the present unbraced system of things. the mind of the multitude is left at random, and seeing no fixed object before them, they pursue such as fancy or opinion starts.

i request all women to imagine for themselves the reflections of which this was the first.

"you are anxious for a compliment, so i will tell you that you have improved her. You have cured her of her school-girl's giggle; she really does you credit."

"thank you. i should be mortified indeed if i did not believe i had been of some use; but it is not every body who will bestow praise where they may. You do not often overpower me with it."

monday xcix
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