Fawning: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature FathomingBut often what effect has such watching upon the watcher, a watcher who is alone in the world? So that while she fathomed with many feminine soundings all that she was to David, Gabriella did not dream what David had become to her.ndash;James Lane Allen in The Reign of Law.The ice of the bay was furrowed by numerous leads, and while the hunters were busy cutting up the seals, I tried to get a sounding, but the thirty fathoms of Alpine rope I had were not enough; no bottom was reached.ndash;Roald Amundsen in The South Pole, vols 1 and 2.At last I fathomed that puzzling episode.ndash;Marion Polk Angellotti in The Firefly Of France.Believe me, my dear count, a woman is never fathomed except by a woman. I am certain that if you say one word of this, I shall be murdered on my way to that ball.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Chouans.Compass in hand, standing on a rock some hundred fathoms above the ocean, the waves of which were breaking on the reef below, I surveyed my future, filling it with books as an engineer or builder traces on vacant ground a palace or a fort.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in A Drama on the Seashore (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).He could read their inmost thoughts as he fathomed their natures in this way.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Magic Skin (tr Ellen Marriage).Monsieur Bourbonne alone had fathomed the secret of that apparent tranquillity.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Celibates.The chevalier, with a single glance, had guessed and fathomed her whole plan.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in An Old Maid.Yes, believe me, those who best have fathomed the good and evil in human nature have honestly examined themselves in the first instance.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Country Doctor.The chief looked, and there, seven fathoms below, lay an oyster with an enormous pearl distinctly visible.ndash;E.J. Banfield in Tropic Days.
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