Sweet voices and rich melody filled the air, and so with mirth
and music the masquerade went on.
Ellen brought him one of her dust-caps, and went into contortions of mirth
, which she found it impossible to control, when she saw him put it on before the mirror as grotesquely as he could.
But, instead of pulling the trigger, he lowered the muzzle again, and indulged himself in a fit of his peculiar mirth
, in the sacred presence of dark misfortune, would have jarred harshly and irreverently with the solemn symphony that rolled its undertone through Hepzibah's and her brother's life.
Externally, the jollity of aged men has much in common with the mirth
of children; the intellect, any more than a deep sense of humour, has little to do with the matter; it is, with both, a gleam that plays upon the surface, and imparts a sunny and cheery aspect alike to the green branch and grey, mouldering trunk.
Gayer sallies, more merry mirth
, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman's nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.
The boys addressed responded the invariable "Yes, Mas'r," for ages the watchword of poor Africa; but it's to be owned they did not look particularly cheerful; they had their various little prejudices in favor of wives, mothers, sisters, and children, seen for the last time,--and though "they that wasted them required of them mirth
," it was not instantly forthcoming.
The discourse was resumed presently, but it went lame and halting, all possibility of impressiveness being at an end; for even the gravest sentiments were constantly being received with a smothered burst of unholy mirth
, under cover of some remote pew-back, as if the poor parson had said a rarely facetious thing.
Not quite so miserable as to be insensible to mirth
There was nothing in any of the party which could recommend them as companions to the Dashwoods; but the cold insipidity of Lady Middleton was so particularly repulsive, that in comparison of it the gravity of Colonel Brandon, and even the boisterous mirth
of Sir John and his mother-in-law was interesting.
Linton giggled: the first appearance of mirth
he had exhibited.
How it bared its breadth of breast, and opened its capacious palm, and floated on, outpouring, with a generous hand, its bright and harmless mirth
on everything within its reach.