Tyrrel, most unwisely and improperly
, sent for Norah, and, repeating the conversation that had taken place, warned her of the reception she might expect from the man who stood toward you in the position of a father, if she accepted an offer of marriage on your part.
This is, however, a kind of horse-medicine, which requires a very robust constitution to digest, and is therefore proper only for the vulgar, unless in one single instance, viz., where superiority of birth breaks out; in which case, we should not think it very improperly
applied by any husband whatever, if the application was not in itself so base, that, like certain applications of the physical kind which need not be mentioned, it so much degrades and contaminates the hand employed in it, that no gentleman should endure the thought of anything so low and detestable.
He has not been suffi- ciently rubbed and curried, or he has not been prop- erly fed; his food was too wet or too dry; he got it too soon or too late; he was too hot or too cold; he had too much hay, and not enough of grain; or he had too much grain, and not enough of hay; instead of old Barney's attending to the horse, he had very improperly
left it to his son." To all these com- plaints, no matter how unjust, the slave must an- swer never a word.
He had the whole Scriptures in his memory, but seemed to have been at more pains to retain them than understand them; as he talked much he often took occasion to quote them, and did it almost always improperly
. Having invited him to sup and pass the night with me, I set before him some excellent mead, which he liked so well as to drink somewhat beyond the bounds of exact temperance.
Such is a great part of that vast region extending north and south along the mountains, several hundred miles in width, which has not improperly
been termed the Great American Desert.
The conversation was on the chief topic of the day: the illness of the wealthy and celebrated beau of Catherine's day, Count Bezukhov, and about his illegitimate son Pierre, the one who had behaved so improperly
at Anna Pavlovna's reception.
The pirate attack had been a complete surprise: a sure proof that the unscrupulous Hook had conducted it improperly
, for to surprise redskins fairly is beyond the wit of the white man.
Yet, though many people of every class came this way to the pond, I suffered no serious inconvenience from these sources, and I never missed anything but one small book, a volume of Homer, which perhaps was improperly
gilded, and this I trust a soldier of our camp has found by this time.
You have behaved improperly
, and I would wish it not to occur again."
If more direct examples were wanting, Poland, as a government over local sovereigns, might not improperly
be taken notice of.
The constitution of New York contains no declaration on this subject; but appears very clearly to have been framed with an eye to the danger of improperly
blending the different departments.
And the first mythologists seem not improperly
to have joined Mars and Venus together; for all nations of this character are greatly addicted either to the love of women or of boys, for which reason it was thus at Lacedaemon; and many things in their state were done by the authority of the women.