A fine exterior is what people look at now-a-days.”
Happily these interior problems are not infrequently resolved by quite exterior forces.
Here I may make a remark,–I am not accustomed to attach an exaggerated importance to exterior signs left in the track of a crime.
Verily ye deceive, ye “contemplative ones!” Even Zarathustra was once the dupe of your godlike exterior; he did not divine the serpent’s coil with which it was stuffed.
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.
Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.
It is hard that a man’s exterior should tally so little sometimes with his soul.
He was of the iron of which martyrs are made, but in the heart of the matrix had lurked a nobler metal, fusible at a milder heat, yet never coloring nor softening the hard exterior. By both heredity and environment something of the man’s inflexible character had touched the other members of the family; the Lassiter home, though not devoid of domestic affection, was a veritable citadel of duty, and duty–ah, duty is as cruel as death!
The center of this wooden disc was hollowed out to a diameter equal to the exterior diameter of the Columbiad.
George Morton was far from possessing the elegant exterior of the uneasy observer of this scene, yet were the eyes of the lovely young woman who had caught his attention, fixed in evident delight on his person, until it was hid from view in the carriage; when, drawing a long breath, as if relieved from great uneasiness, she said, in a low voice–
“Could any one fathom the cruelty beneath that fair exterior?” murmured Robert.
All seemed pleasure, joy, and roguish gaiety, only one of the numerous guests had a gloomy exterior; but exactly the black armor in which he walked about excited general attention, and his tall figure, as well as the noble propriety of his movements, attracted especially the regards of the ladies.
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