"Where did you get that phrase
?" I demanded, with an abruptness that in turn startled her.
"Proletarian science" and "proletarian philosophy" were his phrases
for it, and therein he shows the provincialism of his mind--a defect, however, that was due to the times and that none in that day could escape.
A Sentence or Phrase
is a composite significant sound, some at least of whose parts are in themselves significant; for not every such group of words consists of verbs and nouns--'the definition of man,' for example - -but it may dispense even with the verb.
There is no order more noisily given or taken up with lustier shouts on board a homeward-bound merchant ship than the command, "Man the windlass!" The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase
of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron."
"Yes," I said, "perfectly,--'The presbytery has lost nothing of its charm, nor the garden its brightness.' It was the phrase which you found on the half-burned piece of paper amongst the ashes in the laboratory."
I am now going to tell you about that curious phrase. On the evening before the crime, that is to say, on the 23rd, Monsieur and Mademoiselle Stangerson were at a reception at the Elysee.
To see the women expressing their liberal forgetfulness of my wifely misfortunes, and the men their amiable anxiety to encourage her husband; to hear the same set phrases
repeated in every room--'So charmed to make your acquaintance, Mrs.
Their text, again, is often interrupted by the insertion of brief phrases explanatory of unusual words.
Phrases are often repeated in the ballads, just as in the talk of the common man, for the sake of emphasis, but there is neither complexity of plot or characterization nor attempt at decorative literary adornment--the story and the emotion which it calls forth are all in all.
I chastise thee not out of hatred, but out of love." And this, indeed, he often had in his mouth, or rather, according to the old phrase, never more properly applied, at his fingers' ends.
We would not, however, have our reader imagine, that persons of such characters as were supported by Thwackum and Square, would undertake a matter of this kind, which hath been a little censured by some rigid moralists, before they had thoroughly examined it, and considered whether it was (as Shakespear phrases it) "Stuff o' th' conscience," or no.
In similar manner he collected lists of strong phrases
, the phrases
of living language, phrases
that bit like acid and scorched like flame, or that glowed and were mellow and luscious in the midst of the arid desert of common speech.
He seemed to express himself with difficulty, as though words were not the medium with which his mind worked; and you had to guess the intentions of his soul by hackneyed phrases
, slang, and vague, unfinished gestures.
It is noteworthy that these two phrases
, "contro alla fede" and "tutto fede," were omitted in the Testina edition, which was published with the sanction of the papal authorities.
Meantime, too, some of the enterprising humorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs, and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases
and so forth, had become more or less current in popular speech.