Seemingly the farmer had only to tickle the soil with a hoe and it would laugh with a harvest.

England ruled the waves and waived the rules.

Some of the ranking generals were semisenile heirlooms from the Revolutionary War, rusting on their laurels.

What other power would have spurned the imperial domain of Texas? The bride was so near, so rich, so fair, so willing… Nine long years were surely a decent wait between the beginning of the courtship and the consummation of the marriage.

Lincoln nearly impaled his opponent on the horns of a dilemma.

Chester A. Arthur was a wealthy, handsome widower who enjoyed a richly stocked wine cellar and a wardrobe that included eighty pairs of trousers.

The steer was king in a Cattle Kingdom richly carpeted with grass. But what the Lord can giveth, the Lord also can taketh away. Cowboys slowly gave way to plowboys.

The free and unlimited coinage of wordage.

Wall Street became a wailing wall as gloom and doom replaced boom.

Walker Percy and Eudora Welty grasped the falling torch from the failing Faulkner.