To have a great gang of seven hundred, whom I could not know personally, or feel any individual interest in, bought and driven, housed, fed, worked like so many horned cattle, strained up to military precision,--the question of how little of life's commonest enjoyments would keep them in working order being a constantly recurring problem,--the necessity of drivers and overseers,--the ever-necessary whip, first, last, and only argument,--the whole thing was insufferably disgusting and loathsome to me; and when I thought of my mothcr's estimate of one poor human soul, it became even frightful!
Clare, "that all the overseers and masters had tried their hands on in vain.
bout ten year ole dat 'uz good to me, en hadn't no mammy, po' thing, en I loved her en she loved me; en she come out whah I uz' workin' en she had a roasted tater, en tried to slip it to me-- robbin' herself, you see, 'ca'se she knowed de overseer
didn't give me enough to eat--en he ketched her at it, en giver her a lick acrost de back wid his stick, which 'uz as thick as a broom handle, en she drop' screamin' on de groun', en squirmin' en wallerin' aroun' in de dust like a spider dat's got crippled.
Who would have thought that the overseer
of my plantation on the peninsula, to whom I lent two hundred francs, had genius?
The prince turned round to the overseer and fixed his eyes on him, frowning.
and lifting his stick he swung it and would have hit Alpatych, the overseer, had not the latter instinctively avoided the blow.
She grinned cheerfully at us as she made a curtesy, and the overseer
remarked that she had just been back to the house and had a baby.
The magistrates, and overseers
, and churchwardens, are always wanting his opinion.
He had no desire for an "inside view" of any successful enterprise whatever, and he would not have given the smallest sum for the privilege of talking over the details of the most "splendid" business with the shrewdest of overseers
The same order which I have directed here should be observed also in the country; for there also their magistrates such as the surveyors of the woods and overseers
of the grounds, must necessarily have their common tables and their towers, for the purpose of protection against an enemy.
Build a house round her," they cried, and at once everybody perceived that this was the thing to do; in a moment a hundred fairy sawyers were among the branches, architects were running round Maimie, measuring her; a bricklayer's yard sprang up at her feet, seventy-five masons rushed up with the foundation stone and the Queen laid it, overseers
were appointed to keep the boys off, scaffoldings were run up, the whole place rang with hammers and chisels and turning lathes, and by this time the roof was on and the glaziers were putting in the windows.
There were no cruel overseers
set to watch them, and no one to rebuke them or to find fault with them.
He had chosen overseers
with that swift and intuitive insight into character which in his case amounted almost to genius.
The answers were all based on official data furnished by governors and heads of churches, and founded on the reports of district magistrates and ecclesiastical superintendents, founded in their turn on the reports of parochial overseers
and parish priests; and so all of these answers were unhesitating and certain.
If he could have known that he was an orphan, left to the tender mercies of church-wardens and overseers
, perhaps he would have cried the louder.