Little did she understand human nature, for the nouveaux riches, who are as certain to succeed an old and displaced class of superiors, as hungry flies to follow flies with full bellies, would have been much more apt to run into extravagance
and folly, than persons always accustomed to money, and who did not depend on its exhibition for their importance.
It grieves me to witness the extravagance
that pervades this country,” said the Judge, “where the settlers trifle with the blessings they might enjoy, with the prodigality of successful adventurers.
Norris's situation, and the improvement in Fanny's age, seeming not merely to do away any former objection to their living together, but even to give it the most decided eligibility; and as his own circumstances were rendered less fair than heretofore, by some recent losses on his West India estate, in addition to his eldest son's extravagance
, it became not undesirable to himself to be relieved from the expense of her support, and the obligation of her future provision.
Polly instantly decided that she would n't borrow Becky's best bonnet, as she at first intended, but get a new one, for in her present excited state, no extravagance
seemed too prodigal in honor of this grand occasion.
How often (for example) have I thundered with all my heart and soul against the wicked extravagance
of dress among women--against their filthy false hair and their nauseous powders and paints
I will not submit to be ruined by the extravagance
and profligacy of any man.
The rulers, being aware that their power rests upon their wealth, refuse to curtail by law the extravagance
of the spendthrift youth because they gain by their ruin; they take interest from them and buy up their estates and thus increase their own wealth and importance?
He found him so elevated with his success, so enamoured with his daughter, and so satisfied with her reception of him, that the old gentleman began to caper and dance about his hall, and by many other antic actions to express the extravagance
of his joy; for he had not the least command over any of his passions; and that which had at any time the ascendant in his mind hurried him to the wildest excesses.
New York presents so many temptations for one to run into extravagance
Of one extravagance
Saxon was guilty in the course of the brief engagement period.
During the past year I had not managed my professional resources as carefully as usual; and my extravagance
now limited me to the prospect of spending the autumn economically between my mother's cottage at Hampstead and my own chambers in town.
I do not say to keep an equipage, and make a figure, as the world calls it, nor did I expect it, or desire it; for as I abhorred the levity and extravagance
of my former life, so I chose now to live retired, frugal, and within ourselves.
Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances
of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
I am disappointed that I cannot report any extravagances
in his opinions on the old masters.
History, however, shows no great progressive movement unaccompanied by exaggerations and extravagances