You would sacrifice anybody, Harry, for the sake of an epigram
He spends the whole day in settling whether Homer expressed himself correctly or not in such and such a line of the Iliad, whether Martial was indecent or not in such and such an epigram
, whether such and such lines of Virgil are to be understood in this way or in that; in short, all his talk is of the works of these poets, and those of Horace, Perseus, Juvenal, and Tibullus; for of the moderns in our own language he makes no great account; but with all his seeming indifference to Spanish poetry, just now his thoughts are absorbed in making a gloss on four lines that have been sent him from Salamanca, which I suspect are for some poetical tournament.
Though he guessed much from observations of this kind, the chevalier was discretion itself; he was never betrayed into an epigram
(he had plenty of wit) which might have closed to him an agreeable salon.
I am afraid I have often smiled with hypocritical assent, and gratified them with an epigram
on the fleeting nature of our illusions, which any one moderately acquainted with French literature can command at a moment's notice.
She was testing the validity of her epigram
in a daring way, and for a moment the shadow of my vision--the Bertha whose soul was no secret to me--passed between me and the radiant girl, the playful sylph whose feelings were a fascinating mystery.
cannot be gainsayed; but the necessity is a thing that does not exist.
I have always been with you," Miss Tita rejoined very mildly, and evidently with no intention of making an epigram
She missed Cecil's epigram
, but grasped the feeling that prompted it.
There was a line coming at the bottom of the page which he was then reading which ought to hit him, an epigram
on golf, a whimsical thought put almost exactly as he had put it himself five minutes back when telling his golf story.
Sillerton Jackson, with the air of producing an epigram
In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram
, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
Before Anna Pavlovna and the others had time to smile their appreciation of the vicomte's epigram
, Pierre again broke into the conversation, and though Anna Pavlovna felt sure he would say something inappropriate, she was unable to stop him.