If your business necessitated your seeing "the House," you were put into a species of Condemned Hold at the back, where you meditated on a misspent life, until the House came with its bands in its pockets, and you could hardly blink at it in the
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
Compare with the vocabulary word "gregarious" (in Part 3).
Exceedingly red-eyed and grim, as if he had been up all night at a party which had taken anything but a
convivial turn, Jerry Cruncher worried his breakfast rather than ate it, growling over it like any four-footed inmate of a menagerie.
a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
It was famous, too, for the
pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond
reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner's schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty's Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.
That, he had been the prisoner's friend, but, at once in an
auspicious and an evil hour detecting his infamy, had resolved to immolate the traitor he could no longer cherish in his bosom, on the sacred altar of his country.
offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
That, he had been the prisoner's friend, but, at once in an auspicious and an evil hour detecting his infamy, had resolved to
immolate the traitor he could no longer cherish in his bosom, on the sacred altar of his country.
That, the lofty example of this immaculate and
unimpeachable witness for the Crown, to refer to whom however unworthily was an honour, had communicated itself to the prisoner's servant, and had engendered in him a holy determination to examine his master's table-drawers and pockets, and secrete his papers.
He had no opportunity of saying, or so much as thinking, anything else, until he was clear of the Old Bailey; for, the crowd came pouring out with a
vehemence that nearly took him off his legs, and a loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion.
It had once been noted at the Bar, that while Mr. Stryver was a
glib man, and an unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate's accomplishments.
It had once been noted at the Bar, that while Mr. Stryver was a glib man, and an
unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate's accomplishments.
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
Here again: Mr. Lorry's inquiries into Miss Pross's personal history had established the fact that her brother Solomon was a heartless scoundrel who had stripped her of everything she possessed, as a stake to speculate with, and had abandoned her in her poverty for evermore, with no touch of
In this sample sentence, "fetter" is used figuratively. It is ironic because the gold jewelry has nothing to do with actual fetters. This is another moment where symbols of imprisonment are placed in the text to remind the reader of the theme of the book.
The exquisite gentlemen of the finest breeding wore little pendent trinkets that chinked as they languidly moved; these golden
fetters rang like precious little bells; and what with that ringing, and with the rustle of silk and brocade and fine linen, there was a flutter in the air that fanned Saint Antoine and his devouring hunger far away.
an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
From the Palace of the Tuileries, through Monseigneur and the whole Court, through the Chambers, the
Tribunals of Justice, and all society (except the scarecrows), the Fancy Ball descended to the Common Executioner: who, in pursuance of the charm, was required to officiate "frizzled, powdered, in a gold-laced coat, pumps, and white silk stockings."
Monsieur the Marquis cast his eyes over the submissive faces that drooped before him, as the like of himself had drooped before Monseigneur of the Court -- only the difference was, that these faces drooped merely to suffer and not to
propitiate -- when a grizzled mender of the roads joined the group.
The officiating undertakers made some protest against these changes in the ceremonies; but, the river being alarmingly near, and several voices remarking on the efficacy of cold immersion in bringing
refractory members of the profession to reason, the protest was faint and brief.