All Jerry's large vocabulary, all his proficiency
in the use of it, which would have set him apart as a marvel beyond all other dogs in the mastery of speech, was wasted on those of the Ariel.
I argued my proficiency
so well that he did not refer to the matter again till Saturday, when he suggested removing one whole cloth from the after leech.
which certain Orientals attain a surprising proficiency
, as the
Among the Revolutionists were many surgeons, and in vivisection they attained marvellous proficiency
To these, he applied himself with such steadiness and perseverance that, although he brought no greater amount of previous knowledge to the subject than certain dim recollections of two or three very long sums entered into a ciphering-book at school, and relieved for parental inspection by the effigy of a fat swan tastefully flourished by the writing-master's own hand, he found himself, at the end of a fortnight, in a condition to report his proficiency
to Mr Linkinwater, and to claim his promise that he, Nicholas Nickleby, should now be allowed to assist him in his graver labours.
He worked much as a barber does who hones a razor, and with every evidence of similar practice; but his proficiency
was the result of years of painstaking effort.
There are all degrees of proficiency
in knowledge of the world.
Crawley, as a diplomatist, was exceedingly proud of his own skill in speaking the French language (for he was of the world still), and not a little pleased with the compliments which the governess continually paid him upon his proficiency
My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency
that of the masters.
Dances and marches are performed alternately, to the enlivening strains of a piano; and now and then some gentleman or lady (whose proficiency
has been previously ascertained) obliges the company with a song: nor does it ever degenerate, at a tender crisis, into a screech or howl; wherein, I must confess, I should have thought the danger lay.
The old man rubbed his hands gleefully together, as he corroborated the Dodger's reasoning in these terms; and chuckled with delight at his pupil's proficiency.
These were, the great advantages of the trade, the proficiency of the Dodger, the amiability of Charley Bates, and the liberality of the Jew himself.
Among the older men were many whose features showed the tigerish, lawless souls within; but looking at the rank and file it was difficult to believe that these eager and open-faced young fellows were in very truth a dangerous gang of murderers, whose minds had suffered such complete moral perversion that they took a horrible pride in their proficiency
at the business, and looked with deepest respect at the man who had the reputation of making what they called "a clean job.
It is obvious that, having devoted herself from infancy to this one pursuit and study, Miss Brass could know but little of the world, otherwise than in connection with the law; and that from a lady gifted with such high tastes, proficiency
in those gentler and softer arts in which women usually excel, was scarcely to be looked for.
1500 has been fixed for fresh and regular candidates of proficiency