An hour's complete leisure for such reflections as these, on a dark November day, a small thick rain almost blotting out the very few
objects ever to be discerned from the windows, was enough to make the sound of Lady Russell's carriage exceedingly welcome; and yet, though desirous to be gone, she could not quit the Mansion House, or look an adieu to the Cottage, with its black, dripping and comfortless veranda, or even notice through the misty glasses the last humble tenements of the village, without a saddened heart.
Our situation with regard to Lady Catherine's family is indeed the sort of extraordinary advantage and blessing which few
He must be gone within a few
hours, though without feeling any real alarm for his aunt, to lessen his repugnance.
You know that I am going out to Boulogne in a few
days with Lady Headley's hospital?
Even slow-breeding man has doubled in twenty-five years, and at this rate, in a few
thousand years, there would literally not be standing room for his progeny.
Our instructors were oddly assorted; wandering pioneer school-teachers, stranded ministers of the Gospel, a few
enthusiastic young men just out of graduate schools.
All, that is, but a terror-stricken few
, who lay along the jibboom like flies upon a stick: all but two or three more whom we left fatally hesitating in the forechains: all but the selfish savages who had been the first to perish in the pinnace, and one distracted couple who had thrown their children into the kindly ocean, and jumped in after them out of their torment, locked for ever in each other's arms.
I never succeeded in catching anything besides some beroe, and a few
species of minute entomostracous crustacea.
He asked for a bite of bread and a few
nuts and then hardly touched them.
I put a few
shillings in his hand, and as I turned away I heard the roar of laughter which followed his first tumble on the stage.
While I acknowledge the success of the present work to have been greater than I anticipated, and the praises it has elicited from a few
kind critics to have been greater than it deserved, I must also admit that from some other quarters it has been censured with an asperity which I was as little prepared to expect, and which my judgment, as well as my feelings, assures me is more bitter than just.
words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to understand his work.