I am conscious, however, that the slight, unsatisfactory, and trivial manner, in which the result of my antiquarian researches has been recorded in the following pages, takes the work from under that class which bears the proud motto, Detur digniori.
Scottish manners, Scottish dialect, and Scottish characters of note, being those with which the author was most intimately, and familiarly acquainted, were the groundwork upon which he had hitherto relied for giving effect to his narrative.
The enrolment being completed, and Hugh having been informed by Gashford, in his peculiar manner, of the peaceful and strictly lawful objects contemplated by the body to which he now belonged-- during which recital Mr Dennis nudged him very much with his elbow, and made divers remarkable faces--the secretary gave them both to understand that he desired to be alone.
To the greater part of these, a slight nod or a look from Hugh's companion was sufficient greeting; but, now and then, some man would come and stand beside him in the throng, and, without turning his head or appearing to communicate with him, would say a word or two in a low voice, which he would answer in the same cautious manner. Then they would part, like strangers.
In like manner
are the antients, such as Homer, Virgil, Horace, Cicero, and the rest, to be esteemed among us writers, as so many wealthy squires, from whom we, the poor of Parnassus, claim an immemorial custom of taking whatever we can come at.
Her manners were attaching, and soon banished his reserve.
He must have all Edward's virtues, and his person and manners must ornament his goodness with every possible charm."
of their swearing is this: they set a sheep in the midst of them, and rub it over with butter, the heads of families who are the chief in the nation lay their hands upon the head of the sheep, and swear to observe their promise.
You could not have met with a person more capable of giving you certain information on that head than myself, for I have been connected with his family in a particular manner
from my infancy."
No wonder, therefore, that her faculties were bewildered by the complex movements of the cotillion: and, in short, as the good lady daily contemplated the improvements of the female youth around her, she became each hour more convinced of her own inability to control, or in any manner
to superintend, the education of her orphan niece.
There is something equivocal in all the words in use to express the excellence of manners
and social cultivation, because the quantities are fluxional, and the last effect is assumed by the senses as the cause.
Yet his presence, his manners
, the warmth of his glances, and above all the touch of his lips upon her hand had acted like a narcotic upon her.
I want to hear justice praised in respect of itself; then I shall be satisfied, and you are the person from whom I think that I am most likely to hear this; and therefore I will praise the unjust life to the utmost of my power, and my manner
of speaking will indicate the manner
in which I desire to hear you too praising justice and censuring injustice.
Harriet was not insensible of manner
; she had voluntarily noticed her father's gentleness with admiration as well as wonder.
?" replied angrily and bitterly the other king: "what then do we run out of the way of?