And this will now plainly appear, if, instead of serious and comic, we supply the words duller and dullest; for the comic was certainly duller than anything before shown on the stage, and could be set off only by that superlative degree of dulness which composed the serious.
To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest; and this is the true meaning of a late facetious writer, who told the public that whenever he was dull they might be assured there was a design in it.
And the king, putting spurs to his horse, set off
to the tent of Lord Leven.
They declared the secret of Fairy-than-a-Fairy's royal birth, and the Queen taking the two lovers in her carriage set off
with them for the capital of the kingdom.
Then mounting their horses to the number of four hundred and fifty men, and brandishing their weapons, they set off
along the northern bank of the river, to get ahead of the canoes, lie in wait for them, and take a terrible revenge on the white men.
When the contents of the letter were ascertained, John Thorpe, who had only waited its arrival to begin his journey to London, prepared to set off
Then Tarzan set off
toward the north, leading the now thoroughly frightened professor and his secretary.
At the outskirts of the village I left her without even seeing the sort of people who inhabited it, and set off through the growing darkness toward the south.
At last I gave up the search and set off toward Fort Dinosaur.
With that I set off, undaunted, across the top of the isle, to fetch and carry it back.
At that I turned tail upon their boat (where my adviser had once more begun to tee-hee with laughter), leaped back the way I had come, from one stone to another, and set off running across the isle as I had never run before.
D'Artagnan and Planchet did not require twice bidding; they unfastened the two horses that were waiting at the door, leaped upon them, buried their spurs in their sides, and set off
at full gallop.
He waited until the clock struck nine before he left the work-yard at the village, and set off
, through the fields, towards the Farm.
Porthos released his hand, clapped spurs to his horse, which set off
at a gallop.
Then these cockneys, instead of starting at an easy pace, as a gentleman would do, generally set off
at full speed from the very stable-yard; and when they want to stop, they first whip us, and then pull up so suddenly that we are nearly thrown on our haunches, and our mouths jagged with the bit -- they call that pulling up with a dash; and when they turn a corner they do it as sharply as if there were no right side or wrong side of the road.