I loved the dim superstition, the propitiatory
intent, that had put the grave there; and still more I loved the spirit that could not carry out the sentence-- the error from the surveyed lines, the clemency of the soft earth roads along which the home-coming wagons rattled after sunset.
The butter must not be forgotten,--butter which Phoebe herself had churned, in her own rural home, and brought it to her cousin as a propitiatory
gift,--smelling of clover-blossoms, and diffusing the charm of pastoral scenery through the dark-panelled parlor.
Saying this, with a jerk of his body, which might have been either propitiatory
or derisive, he fell into step beside me.
Hitherto he had been treated very much as if he had been a useful gnome or brownie-- a queer and unaccountable creature, who must necessarily be looked at with wondering curiosity and repulsion, and with whom one would be glad to make all greetings and bargains as brief as possible, but who must be dealt with in a propitiatory
way, and occasionally have a present of pork or garden stuff to carry home with him, seeing that without him there was no getting the yarn woven.
The captain and passengers do not prepare for their departure by offering propitiatory
sacrifices; and, on their return, they no longer go ornamented with wreaths and gilt fillets to thank the gods in the neighbouring temple.
Even the propitiatory
gestures of the creature failed to disarm me.
He congratulated himself that he had formed the plan of going to see Miss Sally Lunn this afternoon, and that, as a consequence, he had brought with him these propitiatory
delicacies: he was certainly a lucky fellow; indeed, it was always likely Providence should be fonder of him than of other apprentices, and since he WAS to be interrupted, why, an idiot was preferable to any other sort of witness.
He ascends the door- steps and is gliding into the dusky hall when he encounters, on the top step, a bowing and propitiatory
They brought him propitiatory
gifts, such as are usually deposited in the fetich huts or mzimu.
Was it a badge--an ornament--a charm--a propitiatory
So soon as this propitiatory
offering was made, he tendered it to Mahtoree, who, in affected humility, passed it to a grey-headed chief by his side.
It was some time before Dennis had breath enough to speak, but as soon as he could resume his propitiatory
strain, he did so.