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It was the idea of the beholders that these figures went to join the mysterious funeral that had halted in front of the Province House; yet that supposition seemed to be contradicted by the air of triumph with which they waved their hands, as they crossed the threshold and vanished through the portal.
SOCRATES: And suppose that he were to pursue the matter in my way, he would say: Ever and anon we are landed in particulars, but this is not what I want; tell me then, since you call them by a common name, and say that they are all figures, even when opposed to one another, what is that common nature which you designate as figure--which contains straight as well as round, and is no more one than the other--that would be your mode of speaking?
I had called to him to stop, when I saw the figure of the child pause on its airy course.
While filling her pipe the old woman continued to gaze with almost motherly affection at the figure in the corner.
But, the fierce figures were steadily wending East, West, North, and South, be that as it would; and whosoever hung, fire burned.
I could see them examining the dead sailors, evidently for signs of life, and presently a party of them appeared from below dragging a little figure among them.
And so he went on, putting values on ever so many more smashed figures, which, after the two arbitrators had adjusted them to the satisfaction of both parties, came to forty reals and three-quarters; and over and above this sum, which Sancho at once disbursed, Master Pedro asked for two reals for his trouble in catching the ape.
So what wonder that the little boy was quite at a loss to guess the meaning of these strange figures.
He could bring the drama of antique life before one out of the shadows--white figures against blue backgrounds.
Rostov had just prepared a card, by bending the corner of which he meant to double the three thousand just put down to his score, when Dolokhov, slamming down the pack of cards, put it aside and began rapidly adding up the total of Rostov's debt, breaking the chalk as he marked the figures in his clear, bold hand.
He was making a sketch for the figure of a man in a violent rage.
No, he was not; for, on the opposite side of the fire, there sat with folded arms a wrinkled hideous figure, with deeply sunk and bloodshot eyes, and an immensely long cadaverous face, shadowed by jagged and matted locks of coarse black hair.
The child was returning to the room where they had passed the evening, when she fancied she saw a figure just gliding in at the door.
His tall, slender figure had a slight stoop yet it looked the reverse of feeble.
Over the taffrail leant a silent black figure, watching the stars.