But I herewith discharge my conscience, and declare that I have had quite enthusiastic movements of admiration towards old gentlemen who spoke the worst English, who were occasionally fretful in their temper, and who had never moved in a higher sphere of influence than that of parish overseer; and that the way in which I have come to the conclusion that human nature is lovable--the way I have learnt something of its deep pathos, its sublime mysteries--has been by living a great deal among people more or less commonplace
and vulgar, of whom you would perhaps hear nothing very surprising if you were to inquire about them in the neighbourhoods where they dwelt.
But Fisher knew that it had started and stopped on the pale lips of Jefferson Jenkins, of Montreal, and no one at that moment catching sight of Jefferson Jenkins's face would have complained that it was commonplace
Then the night of our sordid commonplace
life closes in around it, and the burned-out case, falling back to earth, lies useless and uncared for, slowly smoldering into ashes.
But for all this, the question remains,-- what are the novelists to do with commonplace
people, and how are they to be presented to the reader in such a form as to be in the least degree interesting?
very sorry the prince is still ailing," and after a few more commonplace
remarks he rose.
And is that exceedingly commonplace
incident any reason why he should send us longstemmed roses by the dozen, with a very sentimental rhyme?
You would become a commonplace
, easy-going young animal of a British soldier, for the sake of the affection of a good-looking, well-bred, commonplace
British young woman.
Joan Lackland--just an assemblage of letters, of commonplace
letters, but an assemblage that generated a subtle and heady magic.
man would say we are both in a morbid state of mind," he thought; "and sometimes commonplace
men turn out to be right.
Ferrari, with many domestic merits, was an essentially commonplace
Disguising my last instructions under the commonplace
heading of "Memoranda on my return to London," I began to write.
No philosopher was he-- just a plain, commonplace
person gifted, for the time being, with a pathological indifference: the organ that he feared consequences with was torpid.
I wanted to get away from monotony and the commonplace
We were all sorry when we were through the woods and found ourselves looking down into the snug, commonplace
, farmstead-dotted settlement of Baywater.
It was a perfectly commonplace
English country seat, surrounded by perfectly commonplace