He had come to purchase a wedding gift for his daughter, Janet, and an outfit for himself in which he might make a creditable
appearance at her marriage.
or was it a pretty severe throbbing and kicking of the heart, rather creditable
to him than otherwise, as showing that the organ had not been left out of the Judge's physical contrivance?
All that is original in us, and therefore fairly creditable
or dis- creditable
to us, can be covered up and hidden by the point of a cambric needle, all the rest being atoms contributed by, and inherited from, a procession of ancestors that stretches back a billion years to the Adam-clam or grasshopper or monkey from whom our race has been so tediously and ostentatiously and un- profitably developed.
Now and then, as happens at all receptions everywhere, a more than ordinary friendly soul blocked the procession and kept it waiting while he inquired how the brothers liked the village, and how long they were going to stay, and if their family was well, and dragged in the weather, and hoped it would get cooler soon, and all that sort of thing, so as to be able to say, when he got home, "I had quite a long talk with them"; but nobody did or said anything of a regrettable kind, and so the great affair went through to the end in a creditable
and satisfactory fashion.
It is, therefore, entirely his own produc- tion; and, considering how long and dark was the ca- reer he had to run as a slave,--how few have been his opportunities to improve his mind since he broke his iron fetters,--it is, in my judgment, highly creditable
to his head and heart.
A degree or two lower, and a creditable
appearance might interest me; I might hope to be useful to their families in some way or other.
He had left the girl whose youth and innocence he had seduced, in a situation of the utmost distress, with no creditable
home, no help, no friends, ignorant of his address
I think I observed, myself, that it was highly creditable
to all concerned.
He was now, I gathered, living partly on his pension, and spoke of this daughter married, this daughter in service here, and that daughter in service there, one son settled in London and another in the States, with something of a patriarchal pride, with the independent air too of a man who could honestly say to himself that, with few advantages from fortune, having had, so to say, to work his passage, every foot and hour of it, across those twenty-two thousand miles and those sixty-seven years, he had made a thoroughly creditable
job of his life.
It may be fun to you," said Miss Lindsay sharply; "but it is not very creditable
to me, as Miss Wilson said just now, to take a prize in moral science and then have to write down that I don't know how to behave myself.
My second brother is in Peru, so wealthy that with what he has sent to my father and to me he has fully repaid the portion he took with him, and has even furnished my father's hands with the means of gratifying his natural generosity, while I too have been enabled to pursue my studies in a more becoming and creditable
fashion, and so to attain my present standing.
I must admit that he was a magnificent swordsman, and had it not been for my greater endurance and the remarkable agility the lesser gravitation of Mars lent me I might not have been able to put up the creditable
fight I did against him.