1 "Winter'll soon be over," was the picture of life and death to a tropical imagination.
2 No bitter meanness now shall sicken his baby heart till it die a living death, no taunt shall madden his happy boyhood.
3 Sometimes it is faith in life, sometimes a faith in death, sometimes assurance of boundless justice in some fair world beyond.
4 You might have noted only the physical dying, the shattered frame and hacking cough; but in that soul lay deeper death than that.
5 In that little valley was a strange stillness as I rode up; for death and marriage had stolen youth and left age and childhood there.
6 Then we talked of death: Fanny and Fred were gone; a shadow hung over the other daughter, and when it lifted she was to go to Nashville to school.
7 This, then, is the end of his striving: to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture, to escape both death and isolation, to husband and use his best powers and his latent genius.
8 They are the music of an unhappy people, of the children of disappointment; they tell of death and suffering and unvoiced longing toward a truer world, of misty wanderings and hidden ways.
9 Once in a while we catch a strange word of an unknown tongue, as the "Mighty Myo," which figures as a river of death; more often slight words or mere doggerel are joined to music of singular sweetness.
10 Sometimes these unions are never broken until death; but in too many cases family quarrels, a roving spirit, a rival suitor, or perhaps more frequently the hopeless battle to support a family, lead to separation, and a broken household is the result.
11 In the backwoods of the Gulf States, for miles and miles, he may not leave the plantation of his birth; in well-nigh the whole rural South the black farmers are peons, bound by law and custom to an economic slavery, from which the only escape is death or the penitentiary.
12 Her ancient university foundations dwindled and withered under the foul breath of slavery; and even since the war they have fought a failing fight for life in the tainted air of social unrest and commercial selfishness, stunted by the death of criticism, and starving for lack of broadly cultured men.