They sus- pected it was writing, because those among them who knew how to read Latin and had a smattering
of Greek, recognized some of the letters, but they could make nothing out of the result as a whole.
of science, sir," she said, with a malicious smile, "includes, I presume, a smattering
of medicine as well?
There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering
of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Lingua Franca, but all to no purpose.
He had been educated in Edinburgh, the city of his birth, and in London; and had in one way and another picked up a smattering
of anatomy, music, electricity, and telegraphy.
I," said Don Quixote, "have some little smattering
of Italian, and I plume myself on singing some of Ariosto's stanzas; but tell me, senor- I do not say this to test your ability, but merely out of curiosity- have you ever met with the word pignatta in your book?
I found my smattering
of German very useful here, indeed, I don't know how I should be able to get on without it.
Without having been in the school of the Abbe Faria, the worthy master of The Young Amelia (the name of the Genoese tartan) knew a smattering
of all the tongues spoken on the shores of that large lake called the Mediterranean, from the Arabic to the Provencal, and this, while it spared him interpreters, persons always troublesome and frequently indiscreet, gave him great facilities of communication, either with the vessels he met at sea, with the small boats sailing along the coast, or with the people without name, country, or occupation, who are always seen on the quays of seaports, and who live by hidden and mysterious means which we must suppose to be a direct gift of providence, as they have no visible means of support.
Her parents had given her a smattering
of the usual accomplishments, but here her superior instruction ended.
But it's chafing and galling--it's-- it's worse than your smattering
chattering magpie of a grandmother," to the imperturbable Judy, who only looks at the fire, "to know he has got what's wanted and won't give it up.
He had some enthusiasm, but the most inaccurate smattering
of his subject.
He had, already, accompanied his master on several journeys, and had a smattering
of science appropriate to his condition and style of mind, but he was especially remarkable for a sort of mild philosophy, a charming turn of optimism.
D'Arnot knew a few words of Norwegian, Russian, Greek, and also had a smattering
of the language of one of the West Coast negro tribes--the man denied them all.