Item, that upon brother Ambrose reproving him for this blasphemous wish, he did hold the said brother face downwards over the piscatorium or fish-pond for a space during which the said brother was able to repeat a pater and four aves for the better fortifying
of his soul against impending death.
He did what the King of Prussia might have done; he flapped his hat, buttoned up his cape, and went forwards, fortifying
his mind by the stoical consolation, that whatever is violent will be short.
Occupation over the letter that was easy to write might have its fortifying
effect on her mind, and might pave the way for resuming the letter that was hard to write.
I managed to last it out till next day, when, after duly fortifying
myself, I got sufficient courage to tackle the dynamite.
With this fortifying
assurance, he stole past a street-door, on which Nicholas caught a glimpse of a brass plate, with 'BOBSTER,' in very large letters; and, stopping at the area-gate, which was open, signed to his young friend to descend.
He had not expected that the journey would be a long one; but when, league after league, he had been misled as to the distance by the lying statements of the peasants, he thought it would be prudent not to venture any farther without fortifying
the inner man.
He took the fortifying
hand from his shoulder, and kissed it.