I'm used to plodding
in the mud," returned Jo, winking hard, because she would have died rather than openly wipe her eyes.
Velvet garments sombre but rich, stiffly plaited ruffs and bands, embroidered gloves, venerable beards, the mien and countenance of authority, made it easy to distinguish the gentleman of worship, at that period, from the tradesman, with his plodding
air, or the laborer, in his leathern jerkin, stealing awe-stricken into the house which he had perhaps helped to build.
And as for me, all that I think about in this plodding
sad pilgrimage, this pathetic drift between the eternities, is to look out and humbly live a pure and high and blameless life, and save that one microscopic atom in me that is truly ME: the rest may land in Sheol and welcome for all I care.
funeral orations projecting from their breast pockets; then a carriage containing the head surgeons and their cases of instruments; then eight private carriages containing consulting surgeons; then a hack containing a coroner; then the two hearses; then a carriage containing the head undertakers; then a train of assistants and mutes on foot; and after these came plodding
through the fog a long procession of camp followers, police, and citizens generally.
He made no reply to this adjuration; only plodding
doggedly down the wooden steps, and halting, before an apartment which, from that halt and the superior quality of its furniture, I conjectured to be the best one.
The humming of flies among the evergreen shrubs under the window penetrated drowsily into the room; and the tramp of a heavy-footed cart-horse, plodding
along the high-road beyond the garden, was as plainly audible in the stillness as if it had been night.
Two other passengers, besides the one, were plodding
up the hill by the side of the mail.
For I am a plodding
kind of fellow, Copperfield, and had learnt the way of doing such things pithily.
When Dunstan Cass turned his back on the cottage, Silas Marner was not more than a hundred yards away from it, plodding
along from the village with a sack thrown round his shoulders as an overcoat, and with a horn lantern in his hand.
I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding
to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow--a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man, his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulder of his soiled blue coat, his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails, and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white.
It was drawn by four plodding
oxen all covered with black housings; on each horn they had fixed a large lighted wax taper, and on the top of the cart was constructed a raised seat, on which sat a venerable old man with a beard whiter than the very snow, and so long that it fell below his waist; he was dressed in a long robe of black buckram; for as the cart was thickly set with a multitude of candles it was easy to make out everything that was on it.
Late in the afternoon the Englishman was still plodding
wearily along, forced to stop often for rest when he heard the sound of the galloping feet of a horse behind him.