The eyes of the players were fastened upon the contestants, the spectators leaned forward in their seats after the first applause that had greeted the move, and silence fell upon the vast assemblage.
A shout arose from the stands, for wherever may have been the favor of the spectators, none there was who could say that it had not been a pretty fight, or that the better man had not won.
A narrow space, betwixt these galleries and the lists, gave accommodation for yeomanry and spectators of a better degree than the mere vulgar, and might be compared to the pit of a theatre.
Among pennons and flags bearing wounded hearts, burning hearts, bleeding hearts, bows and quivers, and all the commonplace emblems of the triumphs of Cupid, a blazoned inscription informed the spectators, that this seat of honour was designed for La Royne de la Beault
This vastly amused the spectators
, and even broke down their studied and courtly gravity and surprised them into laughter.
If this were the case, it might be possible to define the biography of one spectator
as a series of successive aspects of the actor related according to the laws of dynamics.
followed him with frightened glances.
Among all the spectators
whom Van Baerle's execution had attracted to the Buytenhof, and whom the sudden turn of affairs had disagreeably surprised, undoubtedly the one most disappointed was a certain respectably dressed burgher, who from early morning had made such a good use of his feet and elbows that he at last was separated from the scaffold only by the file of soldiers which surrounded it.
Consequently, there was not one curious spectator
who was not willing to give himself the treat of visiting the interior of this great metallic abyss.
If we had descended to the next order of spectators
, we should have found an equal degree of abhorrence, though less of noise and scurrility; yet here the good women gave Black George to the devil, and many of them expected every minute that the cloven-footed gentleman would fetch his own.
A brief space elapsed, during which the silence was broken only by whispers, and a few suppressed titterings, among the wedding party and the spectators
, who, after the first shock, were disposed to draw an ill-natured merriment from the affair.
Whatever gloss the various spectators
put upon the interest, according to their several arts and powers of self-deceit, the interest was, at the root of it, Ogreish.
As Addison had now no Government post, it left him all the more time for writing, and his essays in the Spectator
are what we chiefly remember him by.
But," said the Spectator
, "you said in your famous speech before the Society for the Prevention of the Protrusion of Nail Heads from Plank Sidewalks that Kings were blood-smeared oppressors and hell- bound loafers.
And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator
, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens -- there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.