He served her with no mean repast
, dripping the coffee anew and sharing it with her.
In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast
are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
She had only supposed that, after the repast
, I had carried off both the children; as to which she was quite in her right, for it was the very first time I had allowed the little girl out of my sight without some special provision.
Hussey, postponing further scolding for the present, ushered us into a little room, and seating us at a table spread with the relics of a recently concluded repast
, turned round to us and said-- Clam or Cod?
At length the jackal had got together a compact repast
for the lion, and proceeded to offer it to him.
I said aside, to Traddles, that I wondered whether it occurred to anybody, that there was a striking contrast between these plentiful repasts
of choice quality, and the dinners, not to say of paupers, but of soldiers, sailors, labourers, the great bulk of the honest, working community; of whom not one man in five hundred ever dined half so well.
For surely woman never shows to better advantage than in the dainty exercises of a dainty repast
, and there is nothing more thrilling to man than a meal alone with a woman he loves or is about to love.
He therefore journeyed at a great rate, and made short halts, and shorter repasts
, so that he passed by Cedric and Athelstane who had several hours the start of him, but who had been delayed by their protracted feasting at the convent of Saint Withold's.
Excuse me, my lord," replied Schacabac, imitating his gestures as before, "I really am not losing time, and I do full justice to the repast
We then fell to eating and drinking, and though we had nothing but our ordinary repast
of honey and dried flesh, thought we never had regaled more pleasantly in our lives.
And then when the repast
is over and the tables removed, for the knight to recline in the chair, picking his teeth perhaps as usual, and a damsel, much lovelier than any of the others, to enter unexpectedly by the chamber door, and herself by his side, and begin to tell him what the castle is, and how she is held enchanted there, and other things that amaze the knight and astonish the readers who are perusing his history.
The circumstance of his singular flush confirmed this declaration; but in a region where repasts
are developed on the line of thirty or forty dishes and last four hours, the chevalier's stomach would seem to have been a blessing bestowed by Providence on the good town of Alencon.