having been succeeded by a decent interval, enlivened by musical and other entertainments, Mr Crummles proposed that ornament of the profession, the African Swallower, his very dear friend, if he would allow him to call him so; which liberty (there being no particular reason why he should not allow it) the African Swallower graciously permitted.
But he had his solemnities
and she had her reveries, her lurid, violent, crude reveries.
I am by no means a wholesale admirer of our legal solemnities
, many of which impress me as being exceedingly ludicrous.
Beyond an impression that he is to sit upon my knee and be seconded at some point of the solemnities
, like a principal at a prizefight, I assure you I have no notion what my duty is,' returns Mortimer.
Talking on in this way, half in jest and half in earnest, and cheering up his mother, the children, and himself, by the one simple process of determining to be in a good humour, Kit led them briskly forward; and on the road home, he related what had passed at the Notary's house, and the purpose with which he had intruded on the solemnities
of Little Bethel.