'Yes,' answered I; internally adding, 'and I thought it somewhat derogatory
to his dignity as a clergyman to come flying from the pulpit in such eager haste to shake hands with the squire, and hand his wife and daughters into their carriage: and, moreover, I owe him a grudge for nearly shutting me out of it'; for, in fact, though I was standing before his face, close beside the carriage steps, waiting to get in, he would persist in putting them up and closing the door, till one of the family stopped him by calling out that the governess was not in yet; then, without a word of apology, he departed, wishing them good-morning, and leaving the footman to finish the business.
Nor did she say a single derogatory
word concerning any portion of mankind.
Among these latter, the act of eating, which hath by several wise men been considered as extremely mean and derogatory
from the philosophic dignity, must be in some measure performed by the greatest prince, heroe, or philosopher upon earth; nay, sometimes Nature hath been so frolicsome as to exact of these dignified characters a much more exorbitant share of this office than she hath obliged those of the lowest order to perform.
Just as Levin had disliked all the trivial preparations for his wedding, as derogatory
to the grandeur of the event, now he felt still more offensive the preparations for the approaching birth, the date of which they reckoned, it seemed, on their fingers.
That gentleman acted as moderator, endeavoring to prevent a general melee; in the midst of the brawl, however, an expression was made use of by Lisa derogatory
to his own honor.
Though it was supposed to be proper for them to have an occupation, the crude fact of money-making was still regarded as derogatory
, and the law, being a profession, was accounted a more gentlemanly pursuit than business.
It is a new circumstance in romance, I acknowledge, and dreadfully derogatory
of an heroine's dignity; but if it be as new in common life, the credit of a wild imagination will at least be all my own.
There will be time enough to think about love when I want to, but now I have no time." Besides, it seemed to him that the society of women was rather derogatory
to his manhood.
On his part the Prince waited till the doors were hermetically closed; he would not turn round to ascertain the fact, as that would have been derogatory
to his dignity, but he listened with all his ears for the noise of the lock, which would promise him at least an appearance of secrecy.
I have known a cat get up and walk out of the room on a remark derogatory
to her species being made by a visitor, while a neatly turned compliment will set them purring for an hour.
Do you suppose she sees anything derogatory
to her in attempting to break off the marriage?
"Do gentlemen, then, make verses?" asked Raoul, naively, "I thought it was derogatory