The Interior Ministry issued the decree 53 days behindhand
To Darwin's amusement, his transcriptions from the evidence of fossils strike some people in South America and in England, "who are a century behindhand
," as "useless and impious" (373-74).
As your Conduct has not been of late the most agreable [sic] to Us as we could Wish and have not Exerted yourself In forwarding the Companys Affairs thro wilfulness or Indolence whereby the repairs and buildings are behindhand
, by not keeping the Companys Servants strictly to Work who are Lazy enough of themselves without having Bad examples We have therefore thought proper to recall you and Richd Smith.
William Hazlitt, a British essayist of the late 18th century, summed up what everyone knew: "The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dams to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand
in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sounds of its own voice.
While, given the Pacific body's long history as a repository of colonial myth, I am perhaps more inclined to believe that the discourse of Island style produces a mode of knowledge that serves to sustain, rather than challenge, existing social relationships, dismissing outright the expressive social body would be behindhand
Instead, the state intervention has been spatially selective and temporally behindhand
We know our English citizens will not be behindhand
in appreciating a true genius, let her race be what it will.
Nor had Dickens been behindhand
in keeping up with them.
God be thanked, Ours [that is, members of the Society of Jesus] are not behindhand
in this polemical arena.
He and Elizabeth also took up farming, which they continued hopefully for years despite their predictable lack of success: "They kept a Dairy Farm at Sutton," remembered one friend, "had seven milch cows, but they always sold their Butter cheaper than their Neighbours, as they had not the least idea of oeconomy, [so] that they were always behindhand
and in arrears with Fortune.
New Zealand was the more reticent and behindhand
in proclaiming a nationalism in writing and the arts.
In his introduction to British Mineralogy Sowerby states quite accurately that the "undertaking [of this work] was begun at a time when we [the British] had but just become aware of how far we were behindhand
in this most essential knowledge, when even the Diamond, one of the oldest jewels in the known world, had but recently been discovered to be pure carbon" (by Smithson Tennant in 1796).
Dutton brings out the usual excuse that the country was bemused and behindhand