It is a heavy annoyance to a writer, who endeavors to represent nature, its various attitudes and circumstances, in a reasonably correct outline and true coloring, that so much of the mean and ludicrous
should be hopelessly mixed up with the purest pathos which life anywhere supplies to him.
I use the word natural, in the sense of its being unaffected; there was something comic in his distraught way, as though it would have been downright ludicrous
but for his own perception that it was very near being so.
to the will of John; and, without stirring or making any motion whatever of obedience, opened his large grey eyes, and stared at the Prince with an astonishment which had in it something extremely ludicrous
The first to halt were those who were carrying the image, and one of the four ecclesiastics who were chanting the Litany, struck by the strange figure of Don Quixote, the leanness of Rocinante, and the other ludicrous
peculiarities he observed, said in reply to him, "Brother, if you have anything to say to us say it quickly, for these brethren are whipping themselves, and we cannot stop, nor is it reasonable we should stop to hear anything, unless indeed it is short enough to be said in two words.
For if you kill me you will not easily find a successor to me, who, if I may use such a ludicrous
figure of speech, am a sort of gadfly, given to the state by God; and the state is a great and noble steed who is tardy in his motions owing to his very size, and requires to be stirred into life.
But if you go away from well-governed states to Crito's friends in Thessaly, where there is great disorder and licence, they will be charmed to hear the tale of your escape from prison, set off with ludicrous
particulars of the manner in which you were wrapped in a goatskin or some other disguise, and metamorphosed as the manner is of runaways; but will there be no one to remind you that in your old age you were not ashamed to violate the most sacred laws from a miserable desire of a little more life?
In this way arose Feudal Socialism: half lamentation, half lampoon;half echo of the past, half menace of the future; at times, by its bitter,witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core; but always ludicrous
in its effect, through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history.
Now commenced a series of evolutions which even then seemed ludicrous
in the extreme.
Strange to relate, this ludicrous
accoutrement was far from moving me to laughter.
As, in the serious style, Homer is pre-eminent among poets, for he alone combined dramatic form with excellence of imitation, so he too first laid down the main lines of Comedy, by dramatising the ludicrous
instead of writing personal satire.
My position struck him, too, as exquisitely ludicrous
The dead man, swinging with bended back, seemed to be obsti- nately tugging, in ludicrous
and awful ways, for the possession of the flag.
With quick sensibility of the ludicrous
, he blushed at the ardor into which he had been betrayed.
These are trifling instances, though it's to no commander's advantage to be suspected of ludicrous
What arts she employed to soothe and blind him I know not, but she succeeded both in allaying his wrath, and hoodwinking his discernment, as was soon proved by the alteration in his mien and manner; she must have managed to convince him that I neither was, nor ever had been, a rival of his, for the fortnight of fury against me terminated in a fit of exceeding graciousness and amenity, not unmixed with a dash of exulting self-complacency, more ludicrous