Rachael had risen, and stood apart with her shawl and bonnet in her hand, when Stephen, himself profoundly astonished by this visit, put the candle on the table.
I have thought sometimes;’ Sissy very timid here; ’that perhaps I tried to learn too much, and that if I had asked to be allowed to try a little less, I might have — ’ ’No, Jupe, no,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, shaking his head in his profoundest and most eminently practical way.
To be sure, the better and profounder part of her character was not within his scope of perception; for in natures, as in seas, depth answers unto depth; but he soon began to read the rest with a student’s eye.
Slackbridge, the orator, looked about him with a withering smile; and, holding out his right hand at arm’s length (as the manner of all Slackbridges is), to still the thundering sea, waited until there was a profound silence.
There was an universal cry of ’Alive or dead?’ and then a deep, profound hush.
Mr. Sleary, who with his mouth open and his rolling eye as immovably jammed in his head as his fixed one, had listened to these doctrines with profound attention, here stepped forward.