Mrs. Southcott had recently attained her five-and- twentieth blessed birthday, of whom a prophetic private in the Life Guards had heralded the
sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of London and Westminster.
Reins and whip and coachman and guard, however, in combination, had read that article of war which forbade a purpose otherwise strongly in favour of the argument, that some brute animals are endued with Reason; and the team had
capitulated and returned to their duty.
The Dover mail was in its usual genial position that the guard suspected the passengers, the passengers suspected one another and the guard, they all suspected everybody else, and the coachman was sure of nothing but the horses; as to which cattle he could with a clear
conscience have taken his oath on the two Testaments that they were not fit for the journey.
With those words the passenger opened the coach-door and got in; not at all assisted by his fellow-passengers, who had
expeditiously secreted their watches and purses in their boots, and were now making a general pretence of being asleep.
not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
My friend is dead, my neighbour is dead, my love, the darling of my soul, is dead; it is the
inexorable consolidation and perpetuation of the secret that was always in that individuality, and which I shall carry in mine to my life's end.
the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight
Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and
evanescence of the brisk fire.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
The gentleman from Tellson's had nothing left for it but to empty his glass with an air of
stolid desperation, settle his odd little flaxen wig at the ears, and follow the waiter to Miss Manette's apartment.
Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so
besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees -- BLOOD.
Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long
squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees -- BLOOD.
A narrow winding street, full of offence and stench, with other narrow winding streets diverging, all peopled by rags and nightcaps, and all smelling of rags and nightcaps, and all visible things with a
brooding look upon them that looked ill.
an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
One of the main themes of the book is imprisonment, and here is a direct symbol of that theme.
Depressed and slinking though they were, eyes of fire were not wanting among them; nor compressed lips, white with what they suppressed; nor foreheads knitted into the likeness of the
gallows-rope they mused about enduring, or inflicting.
"Effect" is often used as a noun, but here it is a verb. The main difference between this word and the verb "affect," is that affect means to influence (which could be accidental) but effect means to actively produce a result. HINT: As a verb, "effect" is rarely used; "affect" as a verb is far more common.
When this interchange of Christian name was
effected, Madame Defarge, picking her teeth with her toothpick, coughed another grain of cough, and raised her eyebrows by the breadth of another line.
The uncontrollable and hopeless mass of decomposition so engendered, would have polluted the air, even if poverty and
deprivation had not loaded it with their intangible impurities; the two bad sources combined made it almost insupportable.
necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding
But, by this time she trembled under such strong emotion, and her face expressed such deep anxiety, and, above all, such dread and terror, that Mr. Lorry felt it
incumbent on him to speak a word or two of reassurance.
He had a wild, lost manner of occasionally clasping his head in his hands, that had not been seen in him before; yet, he had some pleasure in the mere sound of his daughter's voice, and
invariably turned to it when she spoke.
consigned to me, with him, at the -- " He dropped his voice, there was a flutter among the military lanterns, and one of them being handed into the coach by an arm in uniform, the eyes connected with the arm looked, not an every day or an every night look, at monsieur with the white head.