Not long afterwards, there was once more great dearth
throughout the land, and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again, we have one half loaf left, and that is the end.
He showed me tattoo marks, baring his breast in the teeth of the wind and in spite of my remonstrances, for I thought it was enough to kill him; he swore horribly whenever he remembered, but more like a silly schoolboy than a man; and boasted of many wild and bad things that he had done: stealthy thefts, false accusations, ay, and even murder; but all with such a dearth
of likelihood in the details, and such a weak and crazy swagger in the delivery, as disposed me rather to pity than to believe him.
In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth
of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers, There was lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth
of woman's tears.
Brooke; for it is a little too trying to human flesh to be conscious of expressing one's self better than others and never to have it noticed, and in the general dearth
of admiration for the right thing, even a chance bray of applause falling exactly in time is rather fortifying.
The contralto will not care to catechise the bass; the tenor will foresee no embarrassing dearth
of remark in evenings spent with the lovely soprano.
In the way of movement and human life, there was the hasty rattle of a cab or coach, its driver protected by a waterproof cap over his head and shoulders; the forlorn figure of an old man, who seemed to have crept out of some subterranean sewer, and was stooping along the kennel, and poking the wet rubbish with a stick, in quest of rusty nails; a merchant or two, at the door of the post-office, together with an editor and a miscellaneous politician, awaiting a dilatory mail; a few visages of retired sea-captains at the window of an insurance office, looking out vacantly at the vacant street, blaspheming at the weather, and fretting at the dearth
as well of public news as local gossip.