Other offshoots of the folk-play were the 'mummings' and 'disguisings,' collective names for many forms of processions, shows, and other entertainments, such as, among the upper classes, that precursor of the Elizabethan Mask in which a group of persons in disguise, invited or uninvited, attended a formal dancing party.
It was in part an offshoot from the Mysteries, in some of which there had appeared among the actors abstract allegorical figures, either good or bad, such as The Seven Deadly Sins, Contemplation, and Raise-Slander.
Phoebe, it must be understood, was that one little offshoot
of the Pyncheon race to whom we have already referred, as a native of a rural part of New England, where the old fashions and feelings of relationship are still partially kept up.
There was fire in her and throughout her: she seemed the unpremeditated offshoot
of a passionate moment.
It was quite a wilderness, and there were old melon-frames and cucumber-frames in it, which seemed in their decline to have produced a spontaneous growth of weak attempts at pieces of old hats and boots, with now and then a weedy offshoot
into the likeness of a battered saucepan.
Should the wretch kill you, neither I nor your richly dowered wife shall ever weep, dear offshoot
of myself, over the bed on which you lie, for dogs will devour you at the ships of the Achaeans.
Felix, though an offshoot
from a far more recent point in the devolution of theology than his father, was less self-sacrificing and disinterested.
From the earliest to the latest hour of the day he was always as sleek, neat, and cool as the frog he resembled, and old Peter had secretly chuckled over an offshoot
almost more calculating, and far more imperturbable, than himself.
They considered that every offshoot
of civil discord is mischievous, because it revives the contest which it is the interest of all to put down.
He felt that he himself was unchanged, that he was still there, the same man he had been five years ago, and that he was sitting stupidly by and letting some resolute offshoot
of himself spoil his life for him.
Instead of which, appalling alike to us who look back and to those that lived at the time, capitalism, rotten-ripe, sent forth that monstrous offshoot
, the Oligarchy.