This envelope had the air of an official record of some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials than at present.
Pine's death had happened suddenly, and that these papers, which he probably kept in his official desk, had never come to the knowledge of his heirs, or were supposed to relate to the business of the revenue.
The officials of the Exposition were anxious that I should assume this responsibility, but I declined to do so, on the plea that the work at Tuskegee at that time demanded my time and strength.
I noted that the Exposition officials seemed to go out of their way to see that all of the coloured people in the procession were properly placed and properly treated.
It had become at once more official
,--a trifle more stilted.
These reflections had led Rabourdin to desire the recasting of the clerical official staff.
Taking the sum of twelve thousand francs a year for each official as an average, he estimated seven millions as the cost of the whole body of such officials, which actually stood at twenty in the budget.
b One of the members going down--a lean official with a portfolio--stood out of his way and looked disapprovingly at the legs of the stranger, then glanced inquiringly at Oblonsky.
In the same way Levin in his heart despised the town mode of life of his friend, and his official duties, which he laughed at, and regarded as trifling.
It lasted some little time, and was characterized (for silences have their character) by a sort of sadness imparted to it perhaps by the mild and thoughtful manner of the bearded official.
Suddenly he ceased, being seized with fright before the attentive immobility of the official.
If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official
memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence, on the part of the Circumlocution Office.
Once--well, I can hardly tell about the once to an official
to let everyone see well-born children, whose father was an official
, begging in the street.
Among others, one boat contained several officials
, who asked to see the merchants on board, and informed them that they had been sent by the Sultan in token of welcome, and to beg them each to write a few lines on a roll of paper.