This child, to my memory, really lives in a setting of beauty and misery that no words can translate; there was a distinction all his own in every impulse he revealed; never was a small natural creature, to the uninitiated
eye all frankness and freedom, a more ingenious, a more extraordinary little gentleman.
This was for the uninitiated
the most perplexing work of all; for all that the woman had to give was a single turn of the wrist; and in some way she contrived to give it so that instead of an endless chain of sausages, one after another, there grew under her hands a bunch of strings, all dangling from a single center.
to CLEAN DOWN Moor House from chamber to cellar; my next to rub it up with bees-wax, oil, and an indefinite number of cloths, till it glitters again; my third, to arrange every chair, table, bed, carpet, with mathematical precision; afterwards I shall go near to ruin you in coals and peat to keep up good fires in every room; and lastly, the two days preceding that on which your sisters are expected will be devoted by Hannah and me to such a beating of eggs, sorting of currants, grating of spices, compounding of Christmas cakes, chopping up of materials for mince-pies, and solemnising of other culinary rites, as words can convey but an inadequate notion of to the uninitiated
To an uninitiated
onlooker, nothing could have been more ghastly or absurd.
He could have enjoyed portraying to uninitiated
listeners various scenes at which he had been a witness or ably discussing the pro- cesses of war with other proved men.
In that uninitiated
observation of the great spectacle of English life upon which I have touched, it might be supposed that Newman passed a great many dull days.
Well may the court be dim, with wasting candles here and there; well may the fog hang heavy in it, as if it would never get out; well may the stained-glass windows lose their colour and admit no light of day into the place; well may the uninitiated
from the streets, who peep in through the glass panes in the door, be deterred from entrance by its owlish aspect and by the drawl, languidly echoing to the roof from the padded dais where the Lord High Chancellor looks into the lantern that has no light in it and where the attendant wigs are all stuck in a fog-bank
From the irritation of the older men, the curiosity of the uninitiated
The dry-room, this pantheon, this sanctum sanctorum of the tulip-fancier, was, as Delphi of old, interdicted to the profane uninitiated
The din was deafening; the enthusiasm (to an uninitiated
stranger) something at once hideous and terrifying to behold.
Now, it is clear that the book with the most mysterious, startling, or suggestive title, will always stand the best chance of being purchased by those who have no other criteria to guide them in their choice than the aspect of a title-page; and this explains why "Thus Spake Zarathustra" is almost always the first and often the only one of Nietzsche's books that falls into the hands of the uninitiated
As I cannot describe the mysteries of freemasonry, although I have a shrewd idea that it is a humbug, so an uninitiated
man cannot take upon himself to portray the great world accurately, and had best keep his opinions to himself, whatever they are.