Perchance, amid their proper element of smoke, which eddied forth from the ill-constructed chimney, the ghosts of departed cook-maids looked wonderingly on, or peeped down the great breadth of the flue, despising
the simplicity of the projected meal, yet ineffectually pining to thrust their shadowy hands into each inchoate dish.
But while she smiled at a graciousness so misapplied, she could not reflect on the mean-spirited folly from which it sprung, nor observe the studied attentions with which the Miss Steeles courted its continuance, without thoroughly despising
them all four.
He held on, in a dull persistent way, and Estella held him on; now with encouragement, now with discouragement, now almost flattering him, now openly despising
him, now knowing him very well, now scarcely remembering who he was.
I wish he mayn't gore anybody then, that's all," said Jane, not altogether despising
a hypothesis which covered a few imaginary calamities.
I am far from despising
an honest red-flannel country petticoat.
The nobles, whose power had become exorbitant during the reign of Stephen, and whom the prudence of Henry the Second had scarce reduced to some degree of subjection to the crown, had now resumed their ancient license in its utmost extent; despising
the feeble interference of the English Council of State, fortifying their castles, increasing the number of their dependants, reducing all around them to a state of vassalage, and striving by every means in their power, to place themselves each at the head of such forces as might enable him to make a figure in the national convulsions which appeared to be impending.
Though not ill-natured, she was narrow-minded enough to be in some degree contemptible, and was consequently prone to suspect others of despising
As to whether you turn your back or not, I do not concern myself," replied the master of fence; "though it might be that your grave would be dug on the spot where you planted your foot the first time; I mean that you would be stretched dead there for despising
skill with the sword.
The day after tomorrow, at the latest, you will begin despising
yourself for having knowingly deceived yourself.
You wanted me, I know, to say Yes,' that you might have the pleasure of despising
my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their meditated contempt.
And, ever since that time, it has been the favorite method of brave men, when danger assails them, to do what they call " taking the bull by the horns"; and to gripe him by the tail is pretty much the same thing--that is, to throw aside fear, and overcome the peril by despising
He was the drag upon the wheel, and an Americanised Irishman of the second generation, despising
his own race and hating the other.