If the trader had not been sure, by a certain good-humored twinkle in the large eye, that all this banter was sure, in the long run, to turn out a cash concern, he might have been somewhat out of patience; as it was, he laid down a greasy pocket-book on the cotton-bales, and began anxiously studying over certain papers in it, the young man standing by, the while, looking down on him with an air of careless, easy drollery
To which the duchess made answer, "that worthy Sancho is droll I consider a very good thing, because it is a sign that he is shrewd; for drollery
and sprightliness, Senor Don Quixote, as you very well know, do not take up their abode with dull wits; and as good Sancho is droll and sprightly I here set him down as shrewd.
There was an effect of drollery
in her behaviour to these subjects of her zeal, whom she seemed to regard as a care, but not as an interest; it was as if they had been entrusted to her honour and she had engaged to convey them safe to a certain point; she was detached and inadvertent, and then suddenly remembered, repented and came back to tuck them into their blankets, to alter the position of her mother's umbrella, to tell them something about the run of the ship.
Nastasia Philipovna, who loved originality and drollery
of all kinds, was apparently very fond of this old man, and rang the bell for more tea to stop his coughing.
Beneath his bushy black brows danced a pair of little gray eyes that could not stand still for very drollery
Gilbert had whisked the pin out of sight and was studying his history with the soberest face in the world; but when the commotion subsided he looked at Anne and winked with inexpressible drollery
and rolling his head from side to side, as if in unrestrained enjoyment of his freedom and drollery
There was a touch of insanity in the proceeding, a sense of lugubrious drollery
in the sight; and it was not dissi- pated by somebody on board assuring me earnestly there was a camp of natives--he called them enemies
The bright blue eyes regarded the spectator with a kind of lurking drollery
- you almost expected to see them wink; the lips - a little too voluptuously full - seemed ready to break into a smile; the warmly-tinted cheeks were embellished with a luxuriant growth of reddish whiskers; while the bright chestnut hair, clustering in abundant, wavy curls, trespassed too much upon the forehead, and seemed to intimate that the owner thereof was prouder of his beauty than his intellect - as, perhaps, he had reason to be; and yet he looked no fool.
The air of settled gloom, which had taken possession of the squatter's countenance, lighted for an instant with a look of dull drollery
, as he answered--
Peter Magnus, that he laboured under a very considerable degree of nervousness, of which loss of appetite, a propensity to upset the tea-things, a spectral attempt at drollery
, and an irresistible inclination to look at the clock, every other second, were among the principal symptoms.
The constant drollery
is itself in danger of becoming a parody.