When I consider how our houses are built and paid for, or not paid for, and their internal economy managed and sustained, I wonder that the floor does not give way under the visitor while he is admiring the gewgaws
upon the mantelpiece, and let him through into the cellar, to some solid and honest though earthy foundation.
So; pat the animal and lay your hand on the gewgaws
, with which the Red-skins have ornamented his mane, giving your eye as it were to one thing, and your mind to another.
'Trim off these gewgaws
,' said his father, plucking the scraps of ribbon and the feathers from his hat, 'and over your own dress wear my cloak.
This sort of gewgaws
undignify a speech, instead of adding a grace.
I had shuddered to see Raffles admiring the gewgaws
in his turn, in his own brazen fashion, with that air of the cool connoisseur which had its double meaning for me.
But in trying to transpose their relationship onto the surface of the ivory tablet, Gavin himself is irritated by its small size, calling it "a bijou, a gewgaw
, a bangle, feminine; really almost useless" (891).
In Faulkner in the University, Faulkner, himself the childhood owner of a spotted horse, said the spotted horse "symbolized the hope, the aspiration of the masculine part of society that is capable of doing, of committing puerile folly for some gewgaw
that has drawn him, as juxtaposed to the cold practicality of the women ..." (29-30, 66).
Every flat surface featured some kind of ancient lamp, broken clock, decorative gimcrack or gewgaw
to ensure that nothing from pocket or bag could be put on it, and a portable heater took up what remained of floor space.
But he could not resist getting into a horse-trading argument, and arrived at a fair price, aided by the fact that the man had an anniversary in the offing and needed a pretty gewgaw
for his wife.
From that stainless steel vision of future dreariness outside the library, via the well-meaning but lifeless coal miners and family groups around Queen Street, to that new gewgaw
leaning pointlessly about at the top of Charles Street, what have we got that's as exciting as this city deserves?
"Make your dollars work for the Earth." "Buy green!" "Purchase this green gewgaw
instead of that ungreen gadget." "Feel guilty about driving your car."
The new offering demands no such humiliations, and is tailormade for web-friendly mobiles like that must-have gewgaw
, the Apple iPhone.
Yet someone selling a handsome new cell phone would be happy if you thought his gewgaw
better because it was new.
Another interesting geek gewgaw
offered was an early version (1843) of the first circular slide rule made in America--something called a Palmer's Computing Scale.
Today the separation of church and state is plowed under, today the coherence of the Constitution is sacrificed to provide a gewgaw
for fundamentalist bigots, today the lives of thousands are sacrificed to a half-baked adventure foisted upon the world by a man who slid into the White House with a resume stained by a ruined school system, gun control laws curbed so that people can carry concealed weapons in churches, and of course his nasty gigantic appetite for execution.