Whereupon the apoplectic butler whisked off the top of the soup tureen, and shot, all at once, into a state of violent activity.
But there was no time to moralise, for the joviality again became very brisk, and the decanter of port being nearly out, brother Ned pulled the bell, which was instantly answered by the apoplectic butler.
Instantly, by a feat of dexterity, which was the admiration of all the company, and had been, annually, for some years past, the apoplectic butler, bringing his left hand from behind the small of his back, produced the bottle with the corkscrew already inserted; uncorked it at a jerk; and placed the magnum and the cork before his master with the dignity of conscious cleverness.
With this singular contradiction of terms, brother Ned gave Tim Linkinwater a slap on the back, which made him look, for the moment, almost as apoplectic as the butler: and tossed off the contents of his glass in a twinkling.
During this colloquy, Passepartout was as white as a sheet, and Fix seemed on the point of having an apoplectic
The apoplectic mate, already half-way down, went up again three steps of the poop ladder.
The chapter in it he was opening to me, the sea-chapter, with such new personages as the sentimental and apoplectic chief-mate and the morose steward, however astounding to him in its detached condition was much more so to me as a member of a series, following the chapter outside the Eastern Hotel in which I myself had played my part.
But "no, he was a short-necked, apoplectic
sort of fellow, and, plied well with good things, would soon pop off.
For instance, if that gentleman with the red face, who has obviously eaten and drunk too much, were to have an apoplectic
fit at the moment, and die in his chair, it would not shock or distress me in the least.
Judge Blount glared at him with apoplectic
countenance, and silence reigned.
On the opposite side of the road was a large sign-board on a high post, representing the head and shoulders of a gentleman with an apoplectic
countenance, in a red coat with deep blue facings, and a touch of the same blue over his three-cornered hat, for a sky.
Thus it happened, that when Phoebe heard a certain noise in Judge Pyncheon's throat, --rather habitual with him, not altogether voluntary, yet indicative of nothing, unless it were a slight bronchial complaint, or, as some people hinted, an apoplectic
symptom,--when the girl heard this queer and awkward ingurgitation(which the writer never did hear, and therefore cannot describe), she very foolishly started, and clasped her hands.
The dominant figure, both because he was bigger in all three dimensions, and because he sat centrally in the length of the table, facing me, was a tall, fat man dressed completely in black, with a rubicund, even apoplectic
visage, but a rather bald and rather bothered brow.
The big furrier, without uttering a word in reply, tried to escape all the eyes riveted upon him from all sides; but he perspired and panted in vain; like a wedge entering the wood, his efforts served only to bury still more deeply in the shoulders of his neighbors, his large, apoplectic
face, purple with spite and rage.
I have always blushed for those who put their guests in the attics, who furnish them with mirrors that distort everything to such a degree that any one beholding himself might think that he was smaller or larger than nature made him, or suffering from apoplectic
stroke or some other bad complaint.