But the story would include a chain of events extending over the better
part of two centuries, and, written out with reasonable amplitude, would fill a bigger folio volume, or a longer series of duodecimos, than could prudently be appropriated to the annals of all New England during a similar period.
And the only reason why the land don't sink under it, like Sodom and Gomorrah, is because it is used in a way infinitely better
than it is.
Our way of scattering applause along through an act seems to me to be better
than the Mannheim way of saving it all up till the act is ended.
I feel as if they might go walking to and fro for ever, and the world might somehow be the better
for it - as if a thousand things it makes a noise about, were not one half so good for it, or me.
But you'd like better
for us both to stay at home together; I know you would.
You had better
have tarried there to fight for the recovery of the Holy Sepulchre,'' said the Templar.
However, he acquired some knowledge of the cotton trade, saved some money, borrowed some more on the security of his reputation for getting the better
of other people in business, and, as he accurately told me afterwards, started FOR HIMSELF.
I like him much better
than the Frenchman you used to have.
quoth he, "mend your manners to your betters
, or, by our Lady, I'll dust your rags for you.
Even if you had completed your third year in the Pentagonal and Hexagonal classes in the University, and were perfect in the theory of the subject, you would still find that there was need of many years of experience, before you could move in a fashionable crowd without jostling against your betters
, whom it is against etiquette to ask to "feel", and who, by their superior culture and breeding, know all about your movements, while you know very little or nothing about theirs.
Listen and believe when I tell you that by the blessing of Mercury who gives grace and good name to the works of all men, there is no one living who would make a more handy servant than I should--to put fresh wood on the fire, chop fuel, carve, cook, pour out wine, and do all those services that poor men have to do for their betters
Even the discovery that ovens were being put up on the premises, and that the shop was, in fact, being fitted up for a confectioner and pastry-cook's business, hitherto unknown in Grimworth, did not quite suffice to turn the scale in the newcomer's favour, though the landlady at the Woolpack defended him warmly, said he seemed to be a very clever young man, and from what she could make out, came of a very good family; indeed, was most likely a good many people's betters
Not as I'm a-dictatin' to you, sir; I'm not forgettin' myself so far as to be wise above my betters
He turned to Antilochus and said, "Now, Antilochus, angry though I have been, I can give way to you of my own free will; you have never been headstrong nor ill-disposed hitherto, but this time your youth has got the better
of your judgement; be careful how you outwit your betters
in future; no one else could have brought me round so easily, but your good father, your brother, and yourself have all of you had infinite trouble on my behalf; I therefore yield to your entreaty, and will give up the mare to you, mine though it indeed be; the people will thus see that I am neither harsh nor vindictive.
Here and there they met or were overtaken by the gaily dressed crowds of whole villages turning out to some local fair; the women, with their babes on their hips, walking behind the men, the older boys prancing on sticks of sugar-cane, dragging rude brass models of locomotives such as they sell for a halfpenny, or flashing the sun into the eyes of their betters
from cheap toy mirrors.