The parrot fortunately offered no further interruption to the entertainment
, the whole venom of his nature apparently having been cherished up and hurled against the twins in that one impetuous outburst.
Mather Byles, whose Presbyterian scruples had not kept him from the entertainment
Her usual entertainments
were not quite like this; there was more style about them.
took the form of feasts for the dead; such were held by
The rooms were thus spacious enough to contain a select company, without the absurdity which attends many middle-class entertainments
, where unusual preparations are made at the expense of the daily comfort, and consequently give the effect of exceptional effort.
He gave splendid entertainments
, but he wasn't popular in society.
Mrs Kenwigs and Miss Petowker had arranged a small PROGRAMME of the entertainments
between them, of which this was the prescribed order, but they had settled to have a little pressing on both sides, because it looked more natural.
Other offshoots of the folk-play were the 'mummings' and 'disguisings,' collective names for many forms of processions, shows, and other entertainments
, such as, among the upper classes, that precursor of the Elizabethan Mask in which a group of persons in disguise, invited or uninvited, attended a formal dancing party.
As for Spain, for instance, if you know how to throw in Don Carlos and the Infanta, and Don Pedro and Seville and Granada, from time to time in the right proportions -- they may have changed the names a little since I saw the papers -- and serve up a bull-fight when other entertainments
fail, it will be true to the letter, and give us as good an idea of the exact state or ruin of things in Spain as the most succinct and lucid reports under this head in the newspapers: and as for England, almost the last significant scrap of news from that quarter was the revolution of 1649; and if you have learned the history of her crops for an average year, you never need attend to that thing again, unless your speculations are of a merely pecuniary character.
What with entertainments
and parties, the hours, the days, the weeks passed like lightning.
During these delectable entertainments
, Miss Wirt and the chaperon sate by, and conned over the peerage, and talked about the nobility.
Miss Josephine Sleary, as some very long and very narrow strips of printed bill announced, was then inaugurating the entertainments
with her graceful equestrian Tyrolean flower-act.
All these proceedings naturally made the child more watchful and suspicious, and she soon observed that whenever they halted to perform outside a village alehouse or other place, Mr Codlin while he went through his share of the entertainments
kept his eye steadily upon her and the old man, or with a show of great friendship and consideration invited the latter to lean upon his arm, and so held him tight until the representation was over and they again went forward.
The parallel sticks secured them and their horses from falling over the stage; and the emperor was so much delighted, that he ordered this entertainment
to be repeated several days, and once was pleased to be lifted up and give the word of command; and with great difficulty persuaded even the empress herself to let me hold her in her close chair within two yards of the stage, when she was able to take a full view of the whole performance.
The management beg leave to offer to the public an entertainment
surpassing in magnificence any thing that has heretofore been attempted on any stage.