These Annals of the English Stage, from Thomas Betterton to Edmund  Kean, are full of the colours of life in their most emphatic and motley
contrasts, as is natural in proportion as the stage itself concentrates and artificially intensifies the character and conditions of ordinary life.
I wondered why these agile creatures required connecting bridges between the trees, but later when I saw the motley
aggregation of half-savage beasts which they kept within their village I realized the necessity for the pathways.
After that it would be but a short time before he had surrounded the Arab stronghold and punished the motley
crew of wrongdoers who inhabited it.
A ha, my hearties," roared the leader, turning to his motley
crew, "fine pickings here indeed.
Motors and carriages, omnibuses and hansoms, were all jostled together in a block; the pavements were thronged with a motley
and ever-hurrying crowd.
utterances, the absurdity being attested by his motley
phantasmagoria presents itself before him, which he describes in a few satirical touches, yet without expressing his opinion openly: he tells the people enough to set them all thinking and guessing; but in order to hurt nobody, he wraps his witty oracular judgments in a transparent veil, or rather in a lurid thundercloud, shooting forth bright sparks of wit, that they may fall in the powder-magazine of the expectant audience.
The consequence was, that after a flying transit through part of France and part of Italy, I came back nearly as ignorant as I went, having made no acquaintance with persons and manners, and very little with things, my head swarming with a motley
confusion of objects and scenes; some, it is true, leaving a deeper and more pleasing impression than others, but these embittered by the recollection that my emotions had not been shared by my companion, but that, on the contrary, when I had expressed a particular interest in anything that I saw or desired to see, it had been displeasing to him, inasmuch as it proved that I could take delight in anything disconnected with himself.
The fluttered and confused disposition of all the motley
scraps that formed his dress, bespoke, in a scarcely less degree than his eager and unsettled manner, the disorder of his mind, and by a grotesque contrast set off and heightened the more impressive wildness of his face.
Through all this motley
assemblage, threading her way with the skill of an accomplished rider, there galloped Lucy Ferrier, her fair face flushed with the exercise and her long chestnut hair floating out behind her.
There were a couple of forms, notched and cut and inked all over; a small deal desk perched on four legs, at which no doubt the master sat; a few dog's-eared books upon a high shelf; and beside them a motley
collection of peg-tops, balls, kites, fishing-lines, marbles, half-eaten apples, and other confiscated property of idle urchins.
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