He went hastily down, and was followed by a dignified person, dressed in a purple velvet suit with very rich embroidery; his demeanor would have possessed much stateliness, only that a grievous fit of the gout compelled him to hobble from stair to stair, with contortions
of face and body.
Two nets had already been broken by the immense weight of congers and haddocks; three sea-eels plowed the hold with their slimy folds and their dying contortions
It is not pleasant to see one's own butler, who has been with one for twenty-three years, actually blushing at the side-board, and the footmen making contortions
in corners like persons in circuses.
As he ran he jerked his hands up and down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most extraordinary contortions
Well--watching the contortions
of the damned is supposed to be a favourite sport of the angels; but I believe even they don't think people happier in hell.
Gradually his contortions
became spasmodic, lessening by degrees until they ceased entirely.
The blacks continued to show their displeasure by grimaces and contortions
Yes, under one of the priests' cowls, there were the contortions
of the damned.
Whether they were stirred by his enthusiasm for poetry or by the contortions
which a human being was going through for their benefit, it would be hard to say.
It is my contemptible weakness that if I say a character smiled vacuously, I must smile vacuously; if he frowns or leers, I frown or leer; if he is a coward or given to contortions
, I cringe, or twist my legs until I have to stop writing to undo the knot.
and here he rolled upon the bottom of the nest in such contortions
that he frightened them all.
Nor would you, or, rather, should you, accept the ravings and writhings and agonized contortions
of those two lunatics to-night as a convincing portrayal of love.
The babe sat on the floor watching the scene, his face in contortions
like that of a woman at a tragedy.
But all the field afternoons and recitation Fridays and physical culture contortions
paled before a project which Miss Stacy brought forward in November.
These are only some pupils of mine,' said Wackford Squeers, pointing to the little boy on the trunk and the two little boys on the floor, who had been staring at each other without uttering a word, and writhing their bodies into most remarkable contortions
, according to the custom of little boys when they first become acquainted.