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
direct one's attention on something
Then only was he permitted to be seen, spectacularly
poring over large books, and casting his breeches and gaiters into the general weight of the establishment.
a feeling of alarm or dread
A woman of orderly and industrious appearance rose from her knees in a corner, with sufficient haste and
trepidation to show that she was the person referred to.
express strong disapproval of; deplore
Master Cruncher (who was in his shirt) took this very ill, and, turning to his mother, strongly
deprecated any praying away of his personal board.
capacity or power to produce a desired effect
"Don't do it!" said Mr. Crunches looking about, as if he rather expected to see the loaf disappear under the
efficacy of his wife's petitions.
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
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.
Compare with the vocabulary word "gregarious" (in Part 3).
consider carefully and deeply
Having thus given his parent God speed, young Jerry seated himself on the stool, entered on his reversionary interest in the straw his father had been chewing, and
a wooden instrument of punishment on a post
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.
an accusation of wrongdoing
Charles Darnay had yesterday pleaded Not Guilty to an
indictment denouncing him (with infinite jingle and jangle) for that he was a false traitor to our serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth...
a mild rebuke or criticism
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.
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
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 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.
beyond doubt or reproach
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.
speak unfavorably about
He had never been suspected of stealing a silver tea-pot; he had been
maligned respecting a mustard-pot, but it turned out to be only a plated one.
plaintive tone of her compassion merged into the less musical voice of the Judge, as he said something fiercely: "Answer the questions put to you, and make no remark upon them."
Not to be confused with the vocabulary word "plaintiff" (in this list).
findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision
Don't be a moment behind them, for I want you to take the
verdict back to the bank.
a large gathering of people
Mr. Lorry handed him a paper through the
intensity or forcefulness of expression
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.
declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime
The friends of the
acquitted prisoner had dispersed, under the impression -- which he himself had originated -- that he would not be released that night.
a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law
Perhaps a little angry with himself, as well as with the
barrister, Mr. Lorry bustled into the chair, and was carried off to Tellson's.
artfully persuasive in speech
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.
suitable to your needs
There was no way through it, and the front windows of the Doctor's lodgings commanded a pleasant little vista of street that had a
congenial air of retirement on it.
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
uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
The footsteps were
incessant, and the hurry of them became more and more rapid.
a shackle for the ankles or feet
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.
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.
an assembly 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."
most unfortunate or miserable
Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what
make peace with
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.
leniency and compassion shown toward offenders
This word could also mean "good weather." Compare with the vocabulary word "inclement" (in Part 3).
marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
But it is the
obstinate custom of such creatures hardly ever to say what is set down for them.
a person who brings an action in a court of law
He called himself for the
plaintiff, there was no getting over his evidence, the counsel for the defendant threw up his brief, and the jury did not even turn to consider.
Not to be confused with the vocabulary word "plaintive" (in this list).
deny or renounce
He shook in a self-
abnegating way, as one who shook for Tellson and Co.
utter in a very loud voice
"I don't know," returned the man, clapping his hands to his mouth nevertheless, and
vociferating in a surprising heat and with the greatest ardour, "Spies!
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
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.