But much more frequently the same capacity which carries a man to popularity in one department will obtain for him success in another, and that must be more particularly the case in literary composition, than either in acting or painting, because the adventurer in that department is not impeded in his exertions by any peculiarity of features, or conformation of person, proper for particular parts, or, by any peculiar
mechanical habits of using the pencil, limited to a particular class of subjects.
That this breed of STRULDBRUGS was peculiar
to their country, for there were no such people either in Balnibarbi or Japan, where he had the honour to be ambassador from his majesty, and found the natives in both those kingdoms very hard to believe that the fact was possible: and it appeared from my astonishment when he first mentioned the matter to me, that I received it as a thing wholly new, and scarcely to be credited.
Yet this characteristic is not peculiar
to substance, but is true of many other things, such as quantity.
Its inhabitants have become somewhat corrupted, owing to their recent commerce with Europeans, but so far as regards their peculiar
customs and general mode of life, they retain their original primitive character, remaining very nearly in the same state of nature in which they were first beheld by white men.
At such times I could not help remarking and admiring (although from his rich ideality I had been prepared to expect it) a peculiar
analytic ability in Dupin.
But direction and knowledge of public affairs is a virtue peculiar
to those who govern, while all others seem to be equally requisite for both parties; but with this the governed have no concern, it is theirs to entertain just notions: they indeed are like flute-makers, while those who govern are the musicians who play on them.
These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar
to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.
Then without a pause, with peculiar
inconsequence, she said: "Where's that young fellow that used to come with you?
She believed in him as an excellent man whose piety carried a peculiar
eminence in belonging to a layman, whose influence had turned her own mind toward seriousness, and whose share of perishable good had been the means of raising her own position.
In my desk you will find a crimson candle, which has been blessed by the High Priest and has a peculiar
relation to the writer of the following narratives is such that I must ask the reader to overlook the absence of explanation as to how they came into my possession.
My aunt looks at the matter from her own peculiar
point of view, and makes light of it accordingly.
On the lofty mountains of equatorial America a host of peculiar
species belonging to European genera occur.
Waterhouse; but as it belongs to the old-world division of the family, and as this island has been frequented by ships for the last hundred and fifty years, I can hardly doubt that this rat is merely a variety produced by the new and peculiar
climate, food, and soil, to which it has been subjected.
Marlow had the habit of pursuing general ideas in a peculiar
manner, between jest and earnest.