His pride in having at any time of his life achieved such a great social distinction as to be a nuisance, an incumbrance
, and a pest, was only to be satisfied by three sonorous repetitions of the boast.
Miss Twinkleton, madam, I have had a most satisfactory conversation with my ward, and I will now release you from the incumbrance
of my presence.'
How could you help regarding as an incumbrance
and a discredit to you an idle dragooning chap who was an incumbrance
and a discredit to himself, excepting under discipline?
By the time I had put seven miles of ground, according to my calculations, between me and the red-brick house, I began to look upon the doctor's writing-desk rather in the light of an incumbrance
, and determined to examine it without further delay.
In addition to the pack and the rifle which were slung at his back, together with the well filled, and carefully guarded pouch and horn, he had carelessly cast a keen and bright wood-axe across his shoulder, sustaining the weight of the whole with as much apparent ease, as if he moved, unfettered in limb, and free from incumbrance
This difference in the species is no doubt imputable in no small degree to the greater quantity of bone in the Right Whale; his Venetian blinds alone sometimes weighing more than a ton; from this incumbrance
the Sperm Whale is wholly free.
So, when teachers or masters become troublesome and inefficient--when, in short, the interests of the school would suffer from their retaining their places--I mind my knitting, events progress, circumstances glide past; I see one which, if pushed ever so little awry, will render untenable the post I wish to have vacated--the deed is done--the stumbling-block removed--and no one saw me: I have not made an enemy, I am rid of an incumbrance
"If you were free from the incumbrance
of your mother, my dear, you would easily find her.
The colossal breadth and weight of their hinder quarters, which can hardly be imagined without having been seen, become on this view, of obvious service, instead of being an incumbrance
: their apparent clumsiness disappears.
Hunt now became impatient of these incumbrances
, and urged him clamorously to push forward, crying out that they should all starve.
The others would as naturally be disinclined to a revision, which was likely to end in an increase of their own incumbrances
. Their refusal would be too plausible a pretext to the complaining States to withhold their contributions, not to be embraced with avidity; and the non-compliance of these States with their engagements would be a ground of bitter discussion and altercation.
There may be a few mortgages on the rest - a few trifling debts and incumbrances
here and there, but nothing to speak of; and though I acknowledge I am not so rich as I might be - or have been - still, I think, we could manage pretty comfortably on what's left.