1 It was with these feelings that I began the creation of a human being.
2 The birds sang in more cheerful notes, and the leaves began to bud forth on the trees.
3 He composed heroic songs and began to write many a tale of enchantment and knightly adventure.
4 The trial began, and after the advocate against her had stated the charge, several witnesses were called.
5 But I consented to listen, and seating myself by the fire which my odious companion had lighted, he thus began his tale.
6 After having formed this determination and having spent some months in successfully collecting and arranging my materials, I began.
7 Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of night had greatly lessened, when I began to distinguish my sensations from each other.
8 I passed the bridge of Pelissier, where the ravine, which the river forms, opened before me, and I began to ascend the mountain that overhangs it.
9 At first I had neglected them, but now that I was able to decipher the characters in which they were written, I began to study them with diligence.
10 The conscience of the woman was troubled; she began to think that the deaths of her favourites was a judgement from heaven to chastise her partiality.
11 The air was cold, and the rain again began to descend; we entered the hut, the fiend with an air of exultation, I with a heavy heart and depressed spirits.
12 I began also to observe, with greater accuracy, the forms that surrounded me and to perceive the boundaries of the radiant roof of light which canopied me.
13 Safie was always gay and happy; she and I improved rapidly in the knowledge of language, so that in two months I began to comprehend most of the words uttered by my protectors.
14 Some of my comrades groaned, and my own mind began to grow watchful with anxious thoughts, when a strange sight suddenly attracted our attention and diverted our solicitude from our own situation.
15 He began his lecture by a recapitulation of the history of chemistry and the various improvements made by different men of learning, pronouncing with fervour the names of the most distinguished discoverers.
16 The young girl was occupied in arranging the cottage; but presently she took something out of a drawer, which employed her hands, and she sat down beside the old man, who, taking up an instrument, began to play and to produce sounds sweeter than the voice of the thrush or the nightingale.
17 So soon as he had finished, the youth began, not to play, but to utter sounds that were monotonous, and neither resembling the harmony of the old man's instrument nor the songs of the birds; I since found that he read aloud, but at that time I knew nothing of the science of words or letters.
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