To them, his gracious manners only draped his lies; his amiable protestations and hackneyed courtesies
, new to the foolish and ignorant, too plainly showed their texture to an observing mind.
I am not versed in the courtesies
of ecclesiastical controversy," he began, and then hesitated with modesty and indecision.
asked the girl Ruler, when these courtesies
had been exchanged.
The two women--one so richly, the other so plainly dressed; one with her beauty in its full bloom, the other worn and blighted; one with society at her feet, the other an outcast living under the bleak shadow of reproach--the two women stood face to face, and exchanged the cold courtesies
of salute between strangers, in silence.
With such courtesies
as these, and many low bows, and the same cold sneer upon his face all the while, Ralph busied himself in showing his visitors downstairs, and otherwise than by the slightest possible motion about the corners of his mouth, returned no show of answer to the look of admiration with which Sir Mulberry Hawk seemed to compliment him on being such an accomplished and most consummate scoundrel.