This advance in civilization could be carried too far, Babbitt perceived.
He perceived that he had gifts of profligacy which had been neglected.
Babbitt drank with the others; his moment’s depression was gone; he perceived that these were the best fellows in the world; he wanted to give them a thousand cocktails.
Babbitt perceived that as an official delegate he must be more dignified.
Overwork must have flayed him to abnormal sensitiveness; it was one of the few times in his life when he had queried his eternal excellence; and he perceived the summer night, smelled the wet grass.
They had, Babbitt perceived, "something on him."
A little grimly he perceived that this had been his last despairing fling before the paralyzed contentment of middle-age.
He perceived that, since he was making love to every woman possible, Tanis was no longer his one pure star, and he wondered whether she had ever been anything more to him than A Woman.
All of them agreed that the working-classes must be kept in their place; and all of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary.
It proved that the Essence of the Sun Spirit was Truth, but its Aura and Effluxion were Cheerfulness: "Face always the day with the dawn-laugh with the enthusiasm of the initiate who perceives that all works together in the revolutions of the Wheel and who answers the strictures of the Soured Souls of the Destructionists with a Glad Affirmation—"