Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt—Fate leads the willing, and drags the unwilling.
Humphreys, who was far ahead, was also out of rations. The wise man knows that he does not know; the ignoramus thinks he knows. Sp. God knows well, in the admirable economy he observes, how to render the crosses more weighty, conformable to the ability of the creature to bear them. After so many Defeats and Misfortunes one upon the neck of another, the Conspirators altogether despair’d of Victory, and therefore the Commanders resolv’d every one to return to their own Country. Whilst he was thus exciting the wonder of the common people by his popular acts, accomplishments, and condescensions, the spies of Chiffinch, his father’s old agent for secret purposes, were constantly around him, and sent up hourly reports to Court.
“Well, what I was going to say is this. Sarah Halpert was the only person in the city, or in any other city for that matter, who dared to tell him unpleasant things about himself. The marshals stood behind him not venturing to distract his attention. The gunboats came close up to the island, within range of the ford, and commanded it.