1. Wearing masks and costumes, they oftenimpersonated other people, animals, orsupernatural beings, and mined the desired effect –success in hunt or battle, the coming rain, the revivalof the Sun – as an actor might.
2.But these factors do not account for the interesting question of how there came to besuch a concentration of pregnant ichthyosaurs in a particular place very close to their time ofgiving birth.
3.A series of mechanical improvements continuing well into the nineteenth century,including the introduction of pedals to sustain tone or to soften it, the perfection of a metalframe, and steel wire of the finest quality, finally produced an instruments capable of myriadtonal effects from the most delicate harmonies to an almost orchestral fullness of sound, froma liquid, singing tone to a ship, percussive brilliance.
4.Accustomed though we are to speaking of the films made before 1972 as “silent”, the filmhas never been, in the full sense of the word, silent.
5.For a number of years the selection of music for each film program rested entirely in thehands of the conductor or leader of the orchestra, and very often the principal qualificationsfor holding such a position was not skill or taste so much as the ownership of a large personallibrary of musical pieces.
6.Rather, they were made of a top layer of woolen or glazed worsted wool fabric,consisting of smooth, compact yarn from long wool fibers, dyed dark blue, green, or brownwith a bottom layer of a coarser woolen material, either natural or a shade of yellow.
7.For good measure, during the spring and summer drought, heat, hail, grasshoppers,and other frustrations might await the weary growers.
8.What we today call America folk art was, indeed, art of, by, and for ordinary, everyday“folks” who, with increasing prosperity and leisure, created a market for art of all kinds, andespecially for portraits.
9.The people had no agriculture but, over thousands of years, had developed techniquesand equipment to exploit their environment, basing their economy on fishing in streams andcoastal waters that teemed with salmon, halibut, and other varieties of fish; gathering abalone,mussels, clams, and other shellfish from the rocky coastline; hunting land and sea mammals;and collecting wild plant foods.