In the face of the excuses in the drawing-room, in the face of the empty places at the dinner-table, what could the friendliest guests do, to any good purpose, to help the husband and wife in their sore and sudden need?
In England alone, the incomprehensible and discourteous custom prevails of keeping the host and the dinner waiting for half an hour or more--without any assignable reason and without any better excuse than the purely formal apology that is implied in the words, "Sorry to be late.
Isabel, at Miss Pink's intercession, was induced to accept her lover's excuses, and, in the event of her favorable reception by Hardyman's parents at the farm, to give her consent (not very willingly even yet) to hastening the ceremony which was to make her Hardyman's wife.
Hardyman's invitations were in some cases refused; and in others accepted by husbands with excuses for the absence of their wives.
Yes; all the advantages of sitting still when he ought to move, and of leading a life of mere idle pleasure, and fancying himself extremely expert in finding excuses for it.
Weston's fears were justified in the arrival of a letter of excuse.
Insomuch that someone in the Senate, wishing to excuse
him, said there were many men who knew much better how not to err than to correct the errors of others.
But when the month was drawing to a close she found still another excuse upon which to hang a postponement, until at last, discouraged and doubting, Clayton was forced to go back to England alone.
She found one excuse after another, and when, finally, Lord Tennington invited the party to cruise around Africa in his yacht, she expressed the greatest delight in the idea, but absolutely refused to be married until they had returned to London.
The affairs of my parish--if you force me to confess it--were only an excuse.
An excuse for keeping away from Monksmoor--in the interests of my own tranquillity.
Indisposition was the excuse, and I thought Sir Percival looked, as well he might, a little annoyed when he heard of it.
I can make no excuse for myself; I can only tell the truth, and say--so it was.
Unnecessary to pursue the subject,' returned Flora, 'and would not have mentioned it on any account except as supposing it a favourable and only letter of introduction but as to being fact no doubt whatever and you may set your mind at rest for the very dress I have on now can prove it and sweetly made though there is no denying that it would tell better on a better figure for my own is much too fat though how to bring it down I know not, pray excuse
me I am roving off again.
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse
for eating him.