A roaring, ranting
, sleek man-thief, Who lived on mutton, veal, and beef, Yet never would afford relief To needy, sable sons of grief, Was big with heavenly union.
An idea may be formed from the scenes we have already given of conviviality in the wilderness, of the manner in which these game birds were received by those of their feather in the camp; what feasting, what revelling, what boasting, what bragging, what ranting
and roaring, and racing and gambling, and squabbling and fighting, ensued among these boon companions.
For a moment in his tender voice I caught a glimpse of a new Challenger, something very far from the bullying, ranting
, arrogant man who had alternately amazed and offended his generation.
I joined them because Margery Alspaye, of Bolder, married Crooked Thomas of Ringwood, and left a certain John of Hordle in the cold, for that he was a ranting
, roving blade who was not to be trusted in wedlock.
Fred was ranting
mad--said he wanted a boy--when the truth is he didn't want it at all.
For proper dramatic action they largely substitute ranting
moralizing declamation, with crudely exaggerated passion, and they exhibit a great vein of melodramatic horror, for instance in the frequent use of the motive of implacable revenge for murder and of a ghost who incites to it.
Lord Fellamar returned much to this, which we do not perfectly understand, and perhaps it could not all be strictly reconciled either to sense or grammar; but he concluded his ranting
speech with saying, "That if she had pre-engaged herself to any gentleman, however unhappy it would make him, he should think himself bound in honour to desist.