His displeasure was expressed in broken sentences, partly muttered to himself, partly addressed to the domestics who stood around; and particularly to his cupbearer, who offered him from time to time, as a sedative, a silver goblet filled with wine ``Why tarries the Lady Rowena?
on the part of the Saxon, with the addition, ``I wish her devotion may choose fair weather for the next visit to St John's Kirk; but what, in the name of ten devils,'' continued he, turning to the cupbearer, and raising his voice as if happy to have found a channel into which he might divert his indignation without fear or control
Oswald the cupbearer modestly suggested, ``that it was scarce an hour since the tolling of the curfew;'' an ill-chosen apology, since it turned upon a topic so harsh to Saxon ears.
The stool hit the cupbearer on his right hand and knocked him down: the man fell with a cry flat on his back, and his wine-jug fell ringing to the ground.
Let the cupbearer go round with the drink-offerings, that we may make them and go home to our rest.
One might just as well try to make out that the history of Guarino Mezquino, or of the quest of the Holy Grail, is false, or that the loves of Tristram and the Queen Yseult are apocryphal, as well as those of Guinevere and Lancelot, when there are persons who can almost remember having seen the Dame Quintanona, who was the best cupbearer
in Great Britain.
Erichthonius begat Tros, king of the Trojans, and Tros had three noble sons, Ilus, Assaracus, and Ganymede who was comeliest of mortal men; wherefore the gods carried him off to be Jove's cupbearer
, for his beauty's sake, that he might dwell among the immortals.
When a democracy which is thirsting for freedom has evil cupbearers
presiding over the feast, and has drunk too deeply of the strong wine of freedom, then, unless her rulers are very amenable and give a plentiful draught, she calls them to account and punishes them, and says that they are cursed oligarchs.
In every instance the veteran landlord was requested to imitate the custom of the cupbearers
to kings, and taste the liquor he presented, by the invitation of “After you is manners,” with which request he ordinarily complied by wetting his lips, first expressing the wish of “Here’s hoping,” leaving it to the imagination of the hearers to fill the vacuum by whatever good each thought most desirable.
Nehemiah did not allow his comfortable position in life as cupbearer
and confidant to the most powerful man at that time to nullify his concerns for his countrymen.
Surprised by Rodrigo's assistant butting in the conversation, De Nogaret asks, "Does your cupbearer
discuss military strategy?
In both, the Israelite hero has someone at court who presents him to the king (the cupbearer
in Genesis 41:9-13, Arioch in Daniel 2:25).