It was quite otherwise with Hepzibah; the Judge's smile seemed to operate on her acerbity
of heart like sunshine upon vinegar, making it ten times sourer than ever.
It is well known that great scholars who have shown the most pitiless acerbity
in their criticism of other men's scholarship have yet been of a relenting and indulgent temper in private life; and I have heard of a learned man meekly rocking the twins in the cradle with his left hand, while with his right he inflicted the most lacerating sarcasms on an opponent who had betrayed a brutal ignorance of Hebrew.
You are ignorant," Miss Bordereau remarked; not with acerbity
but with a strange, soft coldness.
Whenever he is heard advancing, they both make some little decorative preparation to receive him; at other times they divide their watches into short scraps of oblivion and dialogues not wholly free from acerbity
, as to whether Miss Dedlock, sitting with her feet upon the fender, was or was not falling into the fire when rescued (to her great displeasure) by her guardian genius the maid.
Not quite, esteemed prince," replied Lebedeff, with some acerbity
It's no use going into the rights and wrongs of the affair now, Celia," said Cousin Caroline with some acerbity
, for she believed herself the only practical one of the family, and regretted that, owing to the slowness of the kitchen clock, Mrs.
characterize by acidity or acerbity
and sometimes by wisdom.
There was enough acerbity
and sarcasm not only in the matter of Ralph's speech, but in the tone of voice in which he uttered it, and the looks with which he eked it out, to have fired even the ancient usurer's cold blood and flushed even his withered cheek.
The scene closing on these charmers, and the lower slide ascending, oranges were revealed, attended by a mighty japanned sugar-box, to temper their acerbity
His neck was so twisted that the knotted ends of his white cravat usually dangled under one ear; his natural acerbity
and energy, always contending with a second nature of habitual repression, gave his features a swollen and suffused look; and altogether, he had a weird appearance of having hanged himself at one time or other, and of having gone about ever since, halter and all, exactly as some timely hand had cut him down.
The dove then turned up his coat-collar, and put on his cocked hat; and, having exchanged a long and affectionate embrace with his future partner, once again braved the cold wind of the night: merely pausing, for a few minutes, in the male paupers' ward, to abuse them a little, with the view of satisfying himself that he could fill the office of workhouse-master with needful acerbity
The MNAs and MPAs who have been forced to flee Swat have been speaking with great acerbity
about how the people of Swat have been delivered on a platter to Fazlullah's men.