He came across a book of letters of the wits of Queen Anne's reign, and these he pored
over, eager to make his own style good.
A disregarded Westerner, I threw it open hurriedly and followed her out, my last glance leaving them all motionless in their varied poses: Peter Ivanovitch alone standing up, with his dark glasses like an enormous blind teacher, and behind him the vivid patch of light on the coloured map, pored
over by the diminutive Laspara.
While I was thus gathering strength, my thoughts ran exceedingly upon this Scripture, "I will deliver thee"; and the impossibility of my deliverance lay much upon my mind, in bar of my ever expecting it; but as I was discouraging myself with such thoughts, it occurred to my mind that I pored
so much upon my deliverance from the main affliction, that I disregarded the deliverance I had received, and I was as it were made to ask myself such questions as these - viz.
The next morning they are at their penitentials again; and perhaps the poor weeping wife comes over to him, either brings him some account of what his creditors are doing, and how she and the children are turned out of doors, or some other dreadful news; and this adds to his self-reproaches; but when he has thought and pored
on it till he is almost mad, having no principles to support him, nothing within him or above him to comfort him, but finding it all darkness on every side, he flies to the same relief again, viz.
There seemed to be some very minute inscription on it; for the Jew laid it flat upon the table, and shading it with his hand, pored
over it, long and earnestly.
Seated on it, against no more romantic object than a blackened chimney- stack over which some bumble creeper had been trained, they both pored
over one book; both with attentive faces; Jenny with the sharper; Lizzie with the more perplexed.