On hearing this the bachelor took his departure, as has been said, without making any reply; and Don Quixote asked Sancho what had induced him to call him the "Knight of the Rueful Countenance" more then than at any other time.
"I will tell you," answered Sancho; "it was because I have been looking at you for some time by the light of the torch held by that unfortunate, and verily your worship has got of late the most ill-favoured countenance I ever saw: it must be either owing to the fatigue of this combat, or else to the want of teeth and grinders."
"And am I answerable that thoughtless and unprincipled men exist, whose shades of countenance
may resemble mine?" Cora calmly demanded of the excited savage.
With my brow to the glass, I was thus occupied in scrutinizing the mob, when suddenly there came into view a countenance
(that of a decrepid old man, some sixty-five or seventy years of age,) - a countenance
which at once arrested and absorbed my whole attention, on account of the absolute idiosyncrasy of its expression.
See," he added, directing the eyes of the other to the earnest countenance
of the attentive trapper; "Hard-Heart is not without a grey-head to show him the path to the blessed prairies.
Says your speaking countenance
to me: "Why didn't you communicate that, when I first come in this evening?
On hearing this word, Felix came up hastily to the lady, who, when she saw him, threw up her veil, and I beheld a countenance
of angelic beauty and expression.
When they stopped to change at Coventry, the steam ascended from the horses in such clouds as wholly to obscure the hostler, whose voice was however heard to declare from the mist, that he expected the first gold medal from the Humane Society on their next distribution of rewards, for taking the postboy's hat off; the water descending from the brim of which, the invisible gentleman declared, must have drowned him (the postboy), but for his great presence of mind in tearing it promptly from his head, and drying the gasping man's countenance
with a wisp of straw.
But, in the present instance, there was nothing to be discerned in the countenance
or manner of Charlotte that indicated any thing more than the sweetness of her nature and the polish of her breeding.
As Copley departed, happening to glance backward from the threshold, he beheld Drowne bending over the half-created shape, and stretching forth his arms as if he would have embraced and drawn it to his heart; while, had such a miracle been possible, his countenance
expressed passion enough to communicate warmth and sensibility to the lifeless oak.
The woman wore a cleft stick on her tongue, in appropriate retribution for having wagged that unruly member against the elders of the church; and her countenance
and gestures gave much cause to apprehend that, the moment the stick should be removed, a repetition of the offence would demand new ingenuity in chastising it.
He complied with the most accommodating spirit imaginable; and went on eating and chatting, and laughing and smearing himself, until his whole countenance
shone with grease and good-humor.
His unclad limbs were beautifully formed; whilst the elegant outline of his figure, together with his beardless cheeks, might have entitled him to the distinction of standing for the statue of the Polynesian Apollo; and indeed the oval of his countenance
and the regularity of every feature reminded one of an antique bust.
"I could not stand your countenance
dressed up in woe and paleness.
The long story of "Their Majesties' Servants," treated thus, becomes from age to age an agreeable addition to those personal memoirs--Evelyn's, and the like--which bring the influence and charm of a visible countenance
to the dry tenour of ordinary history, and the critic's work upon it naturally becomes, in the first place, a mere gathering of some of the flowers which lie so abundantly scattered here and there.