But," he added with a smile of good- humoured pleasantry
, "if admitted to such a distinction, I should not feel myself competent to the task of commenting on so much innocence and purity, as I know I should find in your correspondence.
The "yes" had been uttered more in pleasantry
than with any other feeling, but, by holding it in reserve, presuming on it gradually, and using it in a crisis, it might be worth--"let me see," calculated Tom, as he went whistling down Broadway, "that 'yes' may be made to yield at least a cool $100,000.
Fanny went to her every two or three days: it seemed a kind of fascination: she could not be easy without going, and yet it was without loving her, without ever thinking like her, without any sense of obligation for being sought after now when nobody else was to be had; and deriving no higher pleasure from her conversation than occasional amusement, and that often at the expense of her judgment, when it was raised by pleasantry
on people or subjects which she wished to be respected.
Whether the words of Madame were a pleasantry
, or uttered in all innocency, they proved the pitiless immolation of everything that Louis had found charming or poetic in the young girl.
The chieftain thus left alone was confounded for an instant; but, recovering himself with true Indian shrewdness, burst into a loud laugh, and affected to turn off the whole matter as a piece of pleasantry
Lord Deepmere pursued, directing an eye illumined by this pleasantry
toward Mademoiselle Nioche, who was bending gracefully over her lap-dog, apparently absorbed in conversation with it.
The manner in which Wyatt received this harmless pleasantry
convinced me, at once, that he was mad.
The masqueraders, by this time, had recovered, in some measure, from their alarm; and, beginning to regard the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry
, set up a loud shout of laughter at the predicament of the apes.
But the others gradually dispersed; they circled about a kind of showman who was the authorised guide, a big slow genial vulgar heavily- bearded man, with a whimsical edifying patronising tone, a tone that had immense success when he stopped here and there to make his points--to pass his eyes over his listening flock, then fix them quite above it with a meditative look and bring out some ancient pleasantry
as if it were a sudden inspiration.
He laughed sonorously at his own conceit, for, though he had little sense of humor, the crudest pleasantry
from his own lips moved him always to roars of appreciation.
and their piety show cracks, their wit becomes cynicism, their unselfishness hypocrisy; they feel and produce discomfort wherever they go.
A group of young men and girls were gathered about her, and there was much hand-clasping, laughing and pleasantry
on which Mrs.
that particularly tickled the maces, bags, and purses.
He talked with fluency and spirit -- and there was an archness and pleasantry
in his manner which interested, though it was hardly understood by her.
One day, in a parlor at Edinburgh, a Scotch gentleman took up the subject in his presence, as it had become the topic of daily pleasantry
, and, in reference to the eating of raw flesh, said that the thing was neither possible nor true.