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The Pyncheons, if all stories were true, haughtily as they bore themselves in the noonday streets of their native town, were no better than bond-servants to these plebeian Maules, on entering the topsy-turvy commonwealth of sleep.
My dear Ned,' returned his father, laying down the newspaper at which he had been glancing carelessly, and throwing himself back in the window-seat, 'I believe you know how very much I dislike what are called family affairs, which are only fit for plebeian Christmas days, and have no manner of business with people of our condition.
Really, ma'am,' returned Clennam, 'I am so undoubtedly plebeian myself, that I do not feel qualified to judge.
The patricians engaged in a perpetual struggle with the plebeians for the preservation of their ancient authorities and dignities; the Consuls, who were generally chosen out of the former body, were commonly united by the personal interest they had in the defense of the privileges of their order.
They shot down the slit, plebeians all, but it followed pompously like royalty.
Perhaps the love of glory only is at the bottom of this; so that the fair conclusion seems to be, that our countrymen have more of that love, and more of bravery, than any other plebeians.
The abrupt opening sets the scene of busy Rome and its tensions between ruling and plebeian classes.
As a plebeian OAP amongst the great English unwashed, I have found politics difficult to understand, with politicians striving to keep it that way.
He said: "I can't wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the 'best schools in Pennsylvania' [when they] realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn't a plebeian.
GENTLE READER: Have you thought of responding that you are all wild-eyed revolutionaries, determined to suppress an aristocratic genius in favor of a plebeian hack?
What I'm trying to do is to have you not be pedestrian or plebeian with this study.
The common belief is that the first film critics disdained the plebeian nature of early cinema, yet Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect challenges this assumption with evidence of a different reception.
They cast him as a heroic plebeian artist who died poor and was ignored by the public, and this myth has not been revised since.
RICH MAN POOR MAN tired lazy lavish extravagant eccentric crazy self-educated unschooled chic garish blunt crude democratic plebeian candid vulgar
A Roman cop would be at ease if called a Plebeian person.