As no scandalous, ill-natured rumour
had reached her, it was impossible for her to understand much of this strange letter.
There was a flickering of lanterns about the camp that night, and a rumour
that brought men out of their cots to the tent doors, a paddling of the naked feet of doolie-bearers, and the rush of a galloping horse.
And the rumour
of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise--then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust.
The event of Tess Durbeyfield's return from the manor of her bogus kinsfolk was rumoured
abroad, if rumour
be not too large a word for a space of a square mile.
It was all very well to whisper that he had been "helped" to leave England by the international banking-house in which he had been employed; he carried off that rumour
as easily as the rest--though New York's business conscience was no less sensitive than its moral standard--he carried everything before him, and all New York into his drawing- rooms, and for over twenty years now people had said they were "going to the Beauforts'" with the same tone of security as if they had said they were going to Mrs.
The Cook's Courtiers had a rumour
flying among them that the mother of this niece did, in her daughter's childhood, moved by too jealous a solicitude that her figure should approach perfection, lace her up every morning with her maternal foot against the bed-post for a stronger hold and purchase; and further, that she exhibited internally pints of vinegar and lemon-juice, which acids, they held, had mounted to the nose and temper of the patient.
These latter, the rumour
had it, they sacrificed to some terrible god in an orgy which ended in the eating of their victims.
From his conversation--he spoke in a soft, deep-toned voice--there emerged the vague rumour
of the London streets by night.
A strange rumour
began to circulate, meanwhile; no less than that the respectable and highly respected General Epanchin was himself so fascinated by Nastasia Philipovna that his feeling for her amounted almost to passion.
At that time the aeroplane was, for most people, merely a rumour
and the "Sausage" held the air.
There seems to have been no really definite ground for the rumour
except that the body was not found where Trent said that he had died.
Margaret Henan was forty-seven when the news came home of the loss of Samuel; and it was not long after that the unbelievable rumour
went around Island McGill.
He placed delicate tributes of spruce gum, molasses taffy, "conversation" candies and decorated slate pencils on her desk; he persistently "chose" her in all school games calling for a partner; he entreated to be allowed to carry her basket from school; he offered to work her sums for her; and rumour
had it that he had made a wild statement to the effect that he meant to ask if he might see her home some night from prayer meeting.
or echo of rumour
had reached the profane in the West-End--let alone in the guileless marine suburb of Hove.
Lawrence has been seen to go that way once or twice of an evening - and the village gossips say he goes to pay his addresses to the strange lady, and the scandal- mongers have greedily seized the rumour
, to make it the basis of their own infernal structure.