Whoever visits some estates there, and witnesses the good-humored indulgence of some masters and mistresses, and the affectionate loyalty of some slaves, might be tempted to dream the oft-fabled poetic legend of a patriarchal institution, and all that; but over and above the scene there broods a portentous
shadow--the shadow of law.
When that portentous
system of abuses, the Papal dominion, was overturned, a great variety of religious sects arose in its stead in the several countries, which for many centuries before had been screwed beneath its subjection.
He had hastily helped us to the soup, and was dispatching an ample plateful with portentous
Obviously the measurements of a single angle would no longer be sufficient under such portentous
circumstances; one's whole life would be taken up in feeling or surveying the perimeter of one's acquaintances.
It was portentous
however that they did not laugh aloud, for the brute's act constituted a side-splitting witticism according to the ethics which rule green Martian humor.
Because from such arms conquests come but slowly, long delayed and inconsiderable, but the losses sudden and portentous
The lieutenant, returning from a tour after a bandage, produced from a hidden receptacle of his mind new and portentous
oaths suited to the emergency.
Porthos raised his terrible fist, which whistled through the air like a sling, and the portentous
mass fell with a smothered crash on the insulter's skull and crushed it.
The fitful rush of the wind was now disturbed by a portentous
sound; it was a quick and heavy knocking at the outer door.
The appeal was evidently addressed to the Lord Chancellor, who instantly replied, in a shrill monotone, like a little boy repeating the alphabet, "As I was remarking, your Sub-Excellency, this portentous
But all the time Jove boded them ill and roared with his portentous
He drew up his rifle, and renewed his aim again and again, still appearing reluctant to fire, No sound was heard from even Brom, during these portentous
movements, until Kirby discharged his piece, with the same want of success as before.
Then the lama took snuff from a portentous
wooden snuff-gourd, fingered his rosary awhile, and so dropped into the easy sleep of age, as the shadow of Zam-Zammah grew long.
The fact is, that soon after my arrival at the cottage there had occurred to myself an incident so entirely inexplicable, and which had in it so much of the portentous
character, that I might well have been excused for regarding it as an omen.
They were almost always solemn and portentous
, and they were for the most part of a deathly respectability.