Had a wanderer, bewildered in the melancholy forest, heard their mirth
, and stolen a half-affrighted glance, he might have fancied them the crew of Comus, some already transformed to brutes, some midway between man and beast, and the others rioting in the flow of tipsy jollity that foreran the change.
- lest her sweet soul, amid its hallowed mirth
, "Should catch the note, as it doth float - up from the damned Earth.
The doctor now interposed, and prevented the effects of a wrath which was kindling between Jones and Thwackum; after which the former gave a loose to mirth
, sang two or three amorous songs, and fell into every frantic disorder which unbridled joy is apt to inspire; but so far was he from any disposition to quarrel, that he was ten times better humoured, if possible, than when he was sober.
Entertain hopes; mirth
rather than joy; variety of delights, rather than surfeit of them; wonder and admiration, and therefore novelties; studies that fill the mind with splendid and illustrious objects, as histories, fables, and contemplations of nature.
Then they turned to mirth
and feasting believing the war was at an end.
The sounds of mirth
and contention sensibly lowered at this unexpected visit; but, after a moment’s pause, the curious interest exhibited in the face of the young lady, together with her smiling air, restored the freedom of the morning; though it was somewhat chastened, both in language and vehemence, by the presence of such a spectator.
He had asked in a loud voice of the middling funny gentleman (then in the middle of a song) whether he thought Joey would be long in coming, and when at last Joey did come he screamed out, "How do you do, Joey!" and went into convulsions of mirth
All these acquaintances he observed with difficulty concealing their mirth
at something; the same mirth
that he had perceived in the lawyer's eyes, and just now in the eyes of this groom.
Ellen brought him one of her dust-caps, and went into contortions of mirth
, which she found it impossible to control, when she saw him put it on before the mirror as grotesquely as he could.
Meanwhile the younger generation: Boris, the officer, Anna Mikhaylovna's son; Nicholas, the undergraduate, the count's eldest son; Sonya, the count's fifteen-year-old niece, and little Petya, his youngest boy, had all settled down in the drawing room and were obviously trying to restrain within the bounds of decorum the excitement and mirth
that shone in all their faces.
And therewith we hunted out our old dream books to read them again, and, forgetful of coming partings, laughed over them till the old orchard echoed to our mirth
. When we had finished we stood in a circle around the well and pledged "eternal friendship" in a cup of its unrivalled water.
Leslie laughed--beautiful laughter that seemed akin to all the mirth
that had echoed through the little house in the vanished years.