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Examples of Material-a
The bodice, which was one with the skirt, was partly hidden beneath a mantle of /poult-de-soie/ edged with black lace, and fastened on the bosom by a brooch enclosing a miniature.
Her gown could only be called by its ancient name of "fourreau," so tightly was she sheathed within it, after the fashion of the eighteenth century.
The works of the highest Greek sculpture are indeed intellectualised, if we may say so, to the utmost degree; the human figures which they present to us seem actually to conceive thoughts; in them, that profoundly reasonable spirit of design which is traceable in Greek art, continuously and increasingly, upwards from its simplest products, the oil-vessel or the urn, reaches its perfection.
Greek sculpture has come to be regarded as the product of a peculiarly limited art, dealing with a specially abstracted range of subjects; and the Greek sculptor as a workman almost exclusively intellectual, having only a sort of accidental connexion with the material in which his thought was expressed.
He had better change the subject.
The ball seemed to him a kind of maelstrom in which all his hopes were likely to be wrecked.