They half pulled McGregor and half dragged him to a nearby tree, to which they tied him securely, divesting
him of his knife and other articles that they considered he might feel constrained to use.
Agassiz had also the rare gift of divesting
his subject of technicalities and superfluous details.
Layamon, the intense and imaginative English priest, transformed it by the Saxon spirit, and divesting
it of its courtly elegance, filled it with greater simplicity and force.