He was a pleasant, earnest speaker, and he interwove his discourse with stories of life in a foreign land,--of the manners, the customs, the speech, the point of view; even giving glimpses of the daily round, the common task, of his own household, the work of his devoted helpmate
and their little group of children, all born under Syrian skies.
I felt that, as to fortune, in all probability he might do much better; and that as to a rational companion or useful helpmate
, he could not do worse.
Jennings, however, with a kindness of heart which made Elinor really love her, declared her resolution of not stirring from Cleveland as long as Marianne remained ill, and of endeavouring, by her own attentive care, to supply to her the place of the mother she had taken her from; and Elinor found her on every occasion a most willing and active helpmate
, desirous to share in all her fatigues, and often by her better experience in nursing, of material use.
but she is a brave lass, and a right and stout one, and fit to be helpmate
to any knight-errant that is or is to be, who may make her his lady: the whoreson wench, what sting she has and what a voice
She remained nearly always in her second-floor chamber, shivering in her chair, or stretched languid and feeble on her bed, while her husband kept his daily watch at the door -- a duty he performed with so much the greater willingness, as it saved him the necessity of listening to the endless plaints and murmurs of his helpmate
, who never saw him without breaking out into bitter invectives against fate; to all of which her husband would calmly return an unvarying reply, in these philosophic words: --
Not a young, giddy-pated girl, that will think of nothing but flaunting and finery, but a sober, discreet, hard-working squaw; one that will share my lot without flinching, however hard it may be; that can take care of my lodge, and be a companion and a helpmate
to me in the wilderness.
It was better, if he could, to have his helpmate
inside the house.
He said that fate or Providence had thrown in his way a woman who possessed every qualification to be the helpmate
of an agriculturist, and was decidedly of a serious turn of mind.
She was alive to anything that gave her an opportunity for active sympathy, and at this moment it seemed as if the visit had come to shake her out of her self-absorbed discontent--to remind her of her husband's goodness, and make her feel that she had now the right to be his helpmate
in all kind deeds.
"Now, why is yer wife called a helpmate
Mr Squeers treated himself to a stiff tumbler of brandy and water, made on the liberal half-and-half principle, allowing for the dissolution of the sugar; and his amiable helpmate
mixed Nicholas the ghost of a small glassful of the same compound.
I have lost my dear helpmate
for ever, and our household has lost its beloved head, for truly you were the guide of us all