But, as I have already observed, your jesters, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, are fat, round, and unwieldy -- so that it was no small source of self-gratulation
with our king that, in Hop-Frog (this was the fool's name), he possessed a triplicate treasure in one person.
Prettyman stayed, with some internal self-gratulation
that HE had never given in to Freely, and that Mr.
His being such a charming young man, and so rich, and living but three miles from them, were the first points of self-gratulation
; and then it was such a comfort to think how fond the two sisters were of Jane, and to be certain that they must desire the connection as much as she could do.
Tristram gave a mellow smile of self-gratulation
. "Well, I guess there are not many men that can show me much.
Sartwell's is an extreme case, and that the fascination is largely negative (except for the aforementioned twist of self-gratulation
that comes with the implicit claim "I'm more self-loathing than you are") does nothing to render the example more edifying or admirable.
Ez was waking at three in the morning after walks round and around the block, and hours of television watching, interviews so larded with self-gratulation
and preening self-deprecation that five minutes after hearing them he couldn't identify the speakers.