They want to hear nothing of any one walking above their heads; and so they put wood and earth and rubbish betwixt me and their heads.
All mankind's faults and weaknesses did they put betwixt themselves and me:--they call it "false ceiling" in their houses.
Then why go into subjects, old chap, which as betwixt two sech must be for ever onnecessary?
Therefore, think no more of it as betwixt two sech, and do not let us pass remarks upon onnecessary subjects.
Still, however, the necessary intercourse between the lords of the soil, and those oppressed inferior beings by whom that soil was cultivated, occasioned the gradual formation of a dialect, compounded betwixt the French and the Anglo-Saxon, in which they could render themselves mutually intelligible to each other; and from this necessity arose by degrees the structure of our present English language, in which the speech of the victors and the vanquished have been so happily blended together; and which has since been so richly improved by importations from the classical languages, and from those spoken by the southern nations of Europe.
This state of things I have thought it necessary to premise for the information of the general reader, who might be apt to forget, that, although no great historical events, such as war or insurrection, mark the existence of the Anglo-Saxons as a separate people subsequent to the reign of William the Second; yet the great national distinctions betwixt them and their conquerors, the recollection of what they had formerly been, and to what they were now reduced, continued down to the reign of Edward the Third, to keep open the wounds which the Conquest had inflicted, and to maintain a line of separation betwixt the descendants of the victor Normans and the vanquished Saxons.
As we see in beasts, that those that are weakest in the course, are yet nimblest in the turn; as it is betwixt
the greyhound and the hare.
Italian he might be were his bassinet more sloped, but I will swear that those plates were welded betwixt this and Rhine.
Having sounded his call, he thrust the bugle into his belt, and, pushing his way betwixt the groups of English and of Gascon knights, he reined up within a spear's length of the royal party.
you, and Shekels, the Colonel's wife, and the Cid - "
To ride on that coach, as it gallantly staggered betwixt
earth and heaven, was to know all the ecstasy of flying, with an added touch of danger, which birds and angels, and others accustomed to fly, can never experience.
That will we presently see," quoth Robin, "and meanwhile stand thou where thou art, or else, by the bright brow of Saint AElfrida, I will show thee right good Nottingham play with a clothyard shaft betwixt