Martin Poyser was not a frequenter
of public houses, but he liked a friendly chat over his own home- brewed; and though it was pleasant to lay down the law to a stupid neighbour who had no notion how to make the best of his farm, it was also an agreeable variety to learn something from a clever fellow like Adam Bede.
I am naturally no hermit, but might possibly sit out the sturdiest frequenter
of the bar-room, if my business called me thither.
Michaelis, young and slim, locksmith by trade, and great frequenter
of evening schools, did not even know that anybody had been killed, his part with a few others being to force open the door at the back of the special conveyance.
'Mr Sampson,' proclaimed Mrs Wilfer, seeing that young gentleman take his stopper out, and so darkly fixing him with her eyes as that he put it in again: 'Mr Sampson, as a friend of this family and a frequenter
of this house, is, I am persuaded, far too well-bred to interpose on such an invitation.'
"In reality," observed Albert, "he seemed to me somewhat eccentric; were he at Paris, and a frequenter
of the theatres, I should say he was a poor devil literally mad.
Sally, suddenly unmasked as an habitual frequenter
of these abandoned places, sprang with one bound into prominence as the Bad Girl of the Family.
And Colette's frequenters
, thrillingly conscious of wrong-doing and 'that two-handed engine (the policeman) at the door,' were perhaps inclined to somewhat feverish excess.
It was neither the season nor the hour when the Park had frequenters
; and it is likely that the young lady, who was seated on one of the benches at the side of the walk, had merely obeyed a sudden impulse to sit for a while and enjoy a foretaste of coming Spring.
The evening with which we have to do, was neither a summer nor an autumn one, but the twilight of a day in March, when the wind howled dismally among the bare branches of the trees, and rumbling in the wide chimneys and driving the rain against the windows of the Maypole Inn, gave such of its frequenters
as chanced to be there at the moment an undeniable reason for prolonging their stay, and caused the landlord to prophesy that the night would certainly clear at eleven o'clock precisely,--which by a remarkable coincidence was the hour at which he always closed his house.
Daniel Quilp, who was not much affected by a bright morning save in so far as it spared him the trouble of carrying an umbrella, caused himself to be put ashore hard by the wharf, and proceeded thither through a narrow lane which, partaking of the amphibious character of its frequenters
, had as much water as mud in its composition, and a very liberal supply of both.
Still further, in spite of sword thrusts which weaken, and painful exercises which fatigue, he had become one of the most gallant frequenters
of revels, one of the most insinuating lady's men, one of the softest whisperers of interesting nothings of his day; the BONNES FORTUNES of De Treville were talked of as those of M.
The only class of frequenters
was the suicides, who, sad of life, sought the saddest landscape as a fitting scene in which to end.