With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes
this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
The folds of the drapery, the fall of the curtains, had been arranged and rearranged, by Adolph and Rosa, with that nicety of eye which characterizes
The style in which it was written was that curious jewelled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate paraphrases, that characterizes
the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes.
An irregular and mutable legislation is not more an evil in itself than it is odious to the people; and it may be pronounced with assurance that the people of this country, enlightened as they are with regard to the nature, and interested, as the great body of them are, in the effects of good government, will never be satisfied till some remedy be applied to the vicissitudes and uncertainties which characterize
the State administrations.
Academies and minor edifices of learning meet the eye of the stranger at every few miles as be winds his way through this uneven territory, and places for the worship of God abound with that frequency which characterize
a moral and reflecting people, and with that variety of exterior and canonical government which flows from unfettered liberty of conscience.
The next day his companion asked him whether he was very sure he had used exactly the right word to characterize
the young architect's mistress.
Yet in the indulgence of a propensity so truly classical, it is not to be supposed that the restaurateur would lose sight of that intuitive discrimination which was wont to characterize
, at one and the same time, his essais and his omelettes.
But in spite of these relations with the best families in Paris, he was independent and patriotic, and he maintained among them that easy, brilliant, half-ironical tone, and that freedom of judgment which characterize
The eldest wore the white tie, high waistcoat, and thin-brimmed hat of the regulation curate; the second was the normal undergraduate; the appearance of the third and youngest would hardly have been sufficient to characterize
him; there was an uncribbed, uncabined aspect in his eyes and attire, implying that he had hardly as yet found the entrance to his professional groove.
Then we read of the morbid reserve which was said to characterize
all your utterances concerning the Lady Jermyn.
The word gentleman, which, like the word Christian, must hereafter characterize
the present and the few preceding centuries by the importance attached to it, is a homage to personal and incommunicable properties.
But our travellers had scarcely the time to catch even this glimpse of it, for, with the fickleness that characterizes
the air-currents of this region, a contrary wind suddenly swept them some forty miles over the surface of Lake Tchad.