With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch
not very remote from the present day.
Above all, the warfare of Hester's spirit at that epoch
was perpetuated in Pearl.
You know about transmigration of souls; do you know about transposition of epochs
-- and bodies?
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch
of belief, it was the epoch
of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
And it may be added that the supposed danger of a gradual change being merely speculative, it would have been hardly advisable upon that speculation to establish, as a fundamental point, what would deprive several States of the convenience of having the elections for their own governments and for the national government at the same epochs
Is it to be presumed, that at any future septennial epoch
the same State will be free from parties?
In the earlier epochs
of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank.
He was thus lying, and looking, and dreaming, hanging, as it were, between two epochs
of his life, when Alexander came to the door, and made his presence known in a loud whisper.
During the geological epochs
the ocean originally prevailed everywhere.
These bravoes who resuscitate in our epoch
the traditions of another reign are troublesome; since there are two of them already there, let us add a third.
Besides, it is now a good time to pause in our narrative; because the new charter, which Sir William Phips brought over from England, formed a very important epoch
in the history of the province.
Of his life, career, achievements, and end nothing is preserved for the edification of his young successors in the fleet of to-day - nothing but this phrase, which, sailor-like in the simplicity of personal sentiment and strength of graphic expression, embodies the spirit of the epoch
A favorite topic with me was the popular belief in omens -- a belief which, at this one epoch
of my life, I was almost seriously disposed to defend.
It has roots in the different epochs
of our history, and each has its special crop of legend.
But there was a higher and subtler chemistry of Nature, which, working with great forces over long epochs
, might well produce results which were impossible for us.