As for nobility
in particular persons; it is a reverend thing, to see an ancient castle or building, not in decay; or to see a fair timber tree, sound and perfect.
All these nobles, whom Pierre met every day at the Club or in their own houses, were in uniform- some in that of Catherine's day, others in that of Emperor Paul, others again in the new uniforms of Alexander's time or the ordinary uniform of the nobility, and the general characteristic of being in uniform imparted something strange and fantastic to these diverse and familiar personalities, both old and young.
Besides the ordinary topics of conversation, Pierre heard questions of where the marshals of the nobility were to stand when the Emperor entered, when a ball should be given in the Emperor's honor, whether they should group themselves by districts or by whole provinces.
The nobility enthusiastically applauded, and Dorothy applauded with them.
These were but a few of the tricks the rabbit jugglers performed, and they were so skillful that all the nobility and even the King applauded as loudly as did Dorothy.
Thereupon a eulogy of the marvellous fish, with a thousand delicate allusions to the young betrothed of Marguerite of Flanders, then sadly cloistered in at Amboise, and without a suspicion that Labor and Clergy, Nobility and Merchandise had just made the circuit of the world in his behalf.
All at once, in the very middle of a quarrel between Mademoiselle Merchandise and Madame Nobility, at the moment when Monsieur Labor was giving utterance to this wonderful line,--
Verily, not to a nobility
which ye could purchase like traders with traders' gold; for little worth is all that hath its price.
It is a Law of Nature with us that a male child shall have one more side than his father, so that each generation shall rise(as a rule) one step in the scale of development and nobility
I have no fictions that make for nobility
The royal family were in England, the Orleans branch excepted, and the high nobility
were very generally on their "high ropes," or, a bouder.
Monsieur de Sponde, the maternal grandfather of Mademoiselle Cormon, was elected by the Nobility
to the States-General, and Monsieur Cormon, her father, by the Tiers-Etat, though neither accepted the mission.
Anne had never at the Louvre had so large a court; but this crowd represented chiefly the second class of nobility
, while the Prince de Conti, the Duc de Beaufort and the coadjutor assembled around them the first nobility
I wish you to be distinguished by the splendor which glory and fortune confer, for nobility
of descent you have already.
which is to say, they were the nation, the actual Nation; they were about all of it that was useful, or worth sav- ing, or really respect-worthy, and to subtract them would have been to subtract the Nation and leave behind some dregs, some refuse, in the shape of a king, nobility
and gentry, idle, unproductive, acquainted mainly with the arts of wasting and destroying, and of no sort of use or value in any rationally constructed world.