Perhaps Meg felt, without understanding why, that they were not particularly cultivated or intelligent people, and that all their gilding
could not quite conceal the ordinary material of which they were made.
There was a volume of Pope, with the Rape of the Lock in it, and another of the Tatler, and an odd one of Dryden's Miscellanies, all with tarnished gilding
on their covers, and thoughts of tarnished brilliancy inside.
The story of the day was rehearsed, with all kinds of ornament and varnishing which might be necessary to heighten its effect; for Sam, like some of our fashionable dilettanti, never allowed a story to lose any of its gilding
by passing through his hands.
We walked in so pure and bright a light, gilding
the withered grass and leaves, so softly and serenely bright, I thought I had never bathed in such a golden flood, without a ripple or a murmur to it.
He rested again until the sun was well up and gilding
the great river with its splendor, and then he plunged into the stream.
The glamour of inexperience is over your eyes," he answered; "and you see it through a charmed medium: you cannot discern that the gilding
is slime and the silk draperies cobwebs; that the marble is sordid slate, and the polished woods mere refuse chips and scaly bark.
Mademoiselle Cormon was thought to be one of the richest persons in the town: the poor lad had therefore been led to love her by desires for material happiness, by the hope, long indulged, of gilding
with comfort his mother's last years, by eager longing for the ease of life so needful to men who live by thought; but this most innocent point of departure degraded his passion in his own eyes.
Then he offered many burnt sacrifices to the gods, and decorated many temples with tapestries and gilding
, for he had succeeded far beyond his expectations.
In the midst of this avenue was a nobleman, dressed in green and with as much gilding
about him as the iron gate, riding on a tall horse.
This was done by polishing and varnishing it, and by gilding
the carved work of the elbows, and likewise the oaken flowers of the back.
Even now an auctioneer could say something for it: it had a great deal of tarnished gilding
about it; it had a firm mahogany base, well supplied with drawers, which opened with a decided jerk and sent the contents leaping out from the farthest corners, without giving you the trouble of reaching them; above all, it had a brass candle-socket on each side, which would give it an aristocratic air to the very last.
Green baize enveloped its contents, sewn carefully at the sides; I ripped the pack-thread with my pen-knife, and still, as the seam gave way, glimpses of gilding
appeared through the widening interstices.