The Hair Trunk is not hurled at the stranger's head--so to speak--as the chief feature of an immortal work so often is; no, it is carefully guarded from prominence, it is subordinated, it is restrained, it is most deftly
and cleverly held in reserve, it is most cautiously and ingeniously led up to, by the master, and consequently when the spectator reaches it at last, he is taken unawares, he is unprepared, and it bursts upon him with a stupefying surprise.
Her eye, as she re-entered the small sitting-room, instantly sought mine, which was just then lingering on the hearth; I knew she read at once the sort of inward ruth and pitying pain which the chill vacancy of that hearth stirred in my soul: quick to penetrate, quick to determine, and quicker to put in practice, she had in a moment tied a holland apron round her waist; then she disappeared, and reappeared with a basket; it had a cover; she opened it, and produced wood and coal; deftly
and compactly she arranged them in the grate.
From it there waved a hundred tassels of pure gold, all deftly
woven, and each one of them worth a hundred oxen.
This was no common thief that turned over letters, bills, and saddles - no mere burglar who ran a little knife sideways into the soles of Mahbub's slippers, or picked the seams of the saddle-bags so deftly
These little offices were usually performed deftly
, rapidly, with the minimum of words, and when their daughter drew near them Mr.
When he reached the back door Bill was already at the table and Rose, in a simple gown that brought out the appealing lines of her slim young body, was deftly
helping his wife in the final dishing up.
Jo screws up his mouth into a whistle, gives his ragged head a rub, takes his broom under his arm, and leads the way, passing deftly
with his bare feet over the hard stones and through the mud and mire.
Our skins were of the same lemon color as his own, and great, black beards and mustaches had been deftly
affixed to our smooth faces.
They will counterfeit a fly, or a high-toned bug, or the ruined Coliseum, within the cramped circle of a breastpin, and do it so deftly
and so neatly that any man might think a master painted it.
Griffiths shook out his pillow for him, deftly
smoothed down the bedclothes, and tucked him up.
But the stranger turned the blow right deftly
and in return gave one as stout, which Robin also turned as the stranger had done.
It was all done so swiftly and deftly
that the fellow was helpless before he knew that he was attacked.
She went to the table, set down the tray, and with her plump white hands deftly
took from it the bottles and various hors d'oeuvres and dishes and arranged them on the table.
joined the severed parts by leaning towards him and remarking:
Garth, with her sleeves turned above her elbows, deftly
handling her pastry--applying her rolling-pin and giving ornamental pinches, while she expounded with grammatical fervor what were the right views about the concord of verbs and pronouns with "nouns of multitude or signifying many," was a sight agreeably amusing.