1 If they showed no aptitude for any of these trades, they became field hands and, in the opinion of the negroes, they had lost their claim to any social standing at all.
2 The natural aptitude of the French for seizing the picturesqueness of things seems to be peculiarly evinced in what paintings and engravings they have of their whaling scenes.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContext Highlight In CHAPTER 56. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and...
3 Evidently she had great natural aptitude for her work.
4 She handled her brushes with a certain ease and freedom which came, not from long and close acquaintance with them, but from a natural aptitude.
5 Certainly they will, in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness.
6 But no special aptitude in any branch of learning did he display.
7 But these fears proved groundless, for Paul Ivanovitch displayed an extraordinary aptitude for accommodating himself to his new position.
8 Or, should you feel a yearning to leave behind you posterity, take in marriage a good woman who shall bring you, not money, but an aptitude for simple, modest domestic life.
9 Tikhon, who at first did rough work, laying campfires, fetching water, flaying dead horses, and so on, soon showed a great liking and aptitude for partisan warfare.
10 The fact is, count," answered the mother, agreeably flattered, "he has great aptitude, and learns all that is set before him.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 52. Toxicology.
11 It is from this aptitude, perfected by a military education, which certain special branches of the service arise, the dragoons, for example, who are both cavalry-men and infantry at one and the same time.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 3: CHAPTER II—ONE OF THE RED SPECTRES OF THAT EPOCH
12 An honest man, with too much faith in human nature, little aptitude for business and intricate detail, he had had large opportunity of becoming acquainted at first hand with much of the work before him.
13 It could not be that one conscious of such aptitudes for mastery and enjoyment was doomed to a perpetuity of failure; and her mistakes looked easily reparable in the light of her restored self-confidence.