1 They are dead, and but one feeling in such a solitude can persuade me to preserve my life.
2 During her illness many arguments had been urged to persuade my mother to refrain from attending upon her.
3 The brave fellows whom I have persuaded to be my companions look towards me for aid, but I have none to bestow.
4 He had endeavoured to persuade his father to permit him to accompany me and to become my fellow student, but in vain.
5 Only one dog remained alive; but there was a human being within it whom the sailors were persuading to enter the vessel.
6 I am blind and cannot judge of your countenance, but there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere.
7 He lost no time in endeavouring to seek him out, with the hope of persuading him to begin the world again through his credit and assistance.
8 Besides, the strange nature of the animal would elude all pursuit, even if I were so far credited as to persuade my relatives to commence it.
9 I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.
10 Often, when wearied by a toilsome march, I persuaded myself that I was dreaming until night should come and that I should then enjoy reality in the arms of my dearest friends.
11 He manifested the greatest eagerness to be upon deck to watch for the sledge which had before appeared; but I have persuaded him to remain in the cabin, for he is far too weak to sustain the rawness of the atmosphere.
12 Doubtless my words surprised Henry; he at first believed them to be the wanderings of my disturbed imagination, but the pertinacity with which I continually recurred to the same subject persuaded him that my disorder indeed owed its origin to some uncommon and terrible event.
13 These were the reflections of my hours of despondency and solitude; but when I contemplated the virtues of the cottagers, their amiable and benevolent dispositions, I persuaded myself that when they should become acquainted with my admiration of their virtues they would compassionate me and overlook my personal deformity.
14 I saw plainly that he was surprised, but he never attempted to draw my secret from me; and although I loved him with a mixture of affection and reverence that knew no bounds, yet I could never persuade myself to confide in him that event which was so often present to my recollection, but which I feared the detail to another would only impress more deeply.