The Prime Minister out of office is seen, too often, to have been but a pompous
rhetorician, and the General without an army is but the tame hero of a market town.
It was a romantic narrative of some Eastern traveller of the thirties, pompous
maybe, but fragrant with the emotion with which the East came to the generation that followed Byron and Chateaubriand.
His card, which seemed too small to carry the weight of his academic distinctions, preceded him by a few seconds, and then he entered himself--so large, so pompous
, and so dignified that he was the very embodiment of self-possession and solidity.
Clacton's statement with a curious division of judgment, noting its weak and pompous
verbosity on the one hand, and, at the same time, feeling that faith, faith in an illusion, perhaps, but, at any rate, faith in something, was of all gifts the most to be envied.
He was pompous
, but he did at least understand what was said to him.
His tone was pompous
and he strutted up and down in an absurd attempt to appear dignified.
He read it aloud in a pompous
voice, as if to let Dorothy and Billina see that he was educated and could read writing.
Most wise and noble Potentate of Foxville," said the captain, addressing the King in a pompous
voice, "I humbly beg to report that I found these strangers on the road leading to your Foxy Majesty's dominions, and have therefore brought them before you, as is my duty.
A stout gentleman, with pompous
and philanthropic whiskers, went stolidly by, the broad of his back sneering at the girl.
Scattered here and there, more massive blocks showed where some pompous
tomb or ambitious monument had once flung its feeble defiance at oblivion.
Erstwhile worth-while fun and stunts seemed no longer worth while; and it was a torment to listen to the insipidities and stupidities of women, to the pompous
, arrogant sayings of the little half-baked men.
and empty Sophist is utterly helpless in the hands of the great master of dialectic, who knows how to touch all the springs of vanity and weakness in him.
When the first part of the performance was over, the Owner and Manager of the circus, in a black coat, white knee breeches, and patent leather boots, presented himself to the public and in a loud, pompous
voice made the following announcement:
Yes, the continuous flow would be tolerable if a man of our own sort--not anyone pompous
or tearful--were caring for us up in the sky.
Now, Miss Amelia Sedley was a young lady of this singular species; and deserved not only all that Miss Pinkerton said in her praise, but had many charming qualities which that pompous
old Minerva of a woman could not see, from the differences of rank and age between her pupil and herself.