One of my clerks (whom I am in the habit of employing confidentially) volunteered to inquire for 'Dandie
' at 'Number Nine.' It was a ticklish business in every way; and my man wisely took a person with him who was known in the neighborhood.
Whereas, some merchant ships crossing each other's wake in the mid-Atlantic, will oftentimes pass on without so much as a single word of recognition, mutually cutting each other on the high seas, like a brace of dandies
in Broadway; and all the time indulging, perhaps, in finical criticism upon each other's rig.
But the interest of the day's proceedings for us is centred neither in the learned discourse of our friend Van Systens, however eloquent it might be, nor in the young dandies
, resplendent in their Sunday clothes, and munching their heavy cakes; nor in the poor young peasants, gnawing smoked eels as if they were sticks of vanilla sweetmeat; neither is our interest in the lovely Dutch girls, with red cheeks and ivory bosoms; nor in the fat, round mynheers, who had never left their homes before; nor in the sallow, thin travellers from Ceylon or Java; nor in the thirsty crowds, who quenched their thirst with pickled cucumbers; -- no, so far as we are concerned, the real interest of the situation, the fascinating, dramatic interest, is not to be found here.
You beheld her carriage in the park, surrounded by dandies
The fur companies no longer assemble there; the navigation of the lake is carried on by steamboats and various shipping, and the race of traders, and trappers, and voyageurs, and Indian dandies
, have vapored out their brief hour and disappeared.
"If he is one of the ordinary little staff dandies
sent to earn a medal he can get his reward just as well in the rearguard, but if he wishes to stay with me, let him...
Smart maids, with the rosiest children I ever saw, handsome girls, looking half asleep, dandies
in queer English hats and lavender kids lounging about, and tall soldiers, in short red jackets and muffin caps stuck on one side, looking so funny I longed to sketch them.
The viscount, therefore, remained in the room watching Christine as she slowly returned to life, while even the joint managers, Debienne and Poligny, who had come to offer their sympathy and congratulations, found themselves thrust into the passage among the crowd of dandies
. The Comte de Chagny, who was one of those standing outside, laughed:
When I remembered that these islanders derived no advantage from dress, but appeared in all the naked simplicity of nature, I could not avoid comparing them with the fine gentlemen and dandies
who promenade such unexceptionable figures in our frequented thoroughfares.
They seem to prey upon the public in two battalions - that of the dandies
and that of the military men.
Once only, just after Harvard, he had spent a few gay weeks at Florence with a band of queer Europeanised Americans, dancing all night with titled ladies in palaces, and gambling half the day with the rakes and dandies
of the fashionable club; but it had all seemed to him, though the greatest fun in the world, as unreal as a carnival.
Old provincial society had its share of this subtle movement: had not only its striking downfalls, its brilliant young professional dandies
who ended by living up an entry with a drab and six children for their establishment, but also those less marked vicissitudes which are constantly shifting the boundaries of social intercourse, and begetting new consciousness of interdependence.