Well may the court be dim, with wasting candles here and there; well may the fog hang heavy in it, as if it would never get out; well may the stained-glass windows lose their colour and admit no light of day into the place; well may the uninitiated from the streets, who peep in through the glass panes in the door, be deterred from entrance by its owlish
aspect and by the drawl, languidly echoing to the roof from the padded dais where the Lord High Chancellor looks into the lantern that has no light in it and where the attendant wigs are all stuck in a fog-bank!
His late Excellency, whom the august favour of his Imperial master had imposed as Ambassador upon several reluctant Ministers of Foreign Affairs, had enjoyed in his lifetime a fame for an owlish
, pessimistic gullibility.
The white-haired Stevens, eyes often twinkling behind owlish
glasses, was the picture of old-fashioned geniality on the court and off.
Lark managers tend to perceive more owlish
workers who start later or just don't get going until 10am, they judge them as less competent.
defence lawyer cut a cautious figure at the press event, telling journalists that his client was unlikely to make bail before his case came to court, which he said could take six months.
The press (nicknamed OvO after its owlish
looking acronym that inspired their bespectacled bird logo) is the brainchild of young adult authors KC Finn and Kell Cowley, two friends who decided to take control of their literary careers and take their writing to the next level.
A search engine is an owlish
little man with an annoying tendency to auto-complete.
Here before them was a scene of immense tragedy - what was this owlish
, middle-aged woman doing talking about fancy French food?
She tries to flag him down but Toby, a George Smiley clone with an owlish
face and tortoise shell glasses, politely tips his trilby and rebuffs her, "I'm sorry, Miss Armstrong?
Designer babies, with indigo skin and diamond freckles mirroring the constellations, with owlish
eyes pulsating pink and blue, with the cunning of the fox and the power of the lion--fear them!
The softly-spoken, owlish
lawyer couldn't have found a more mismatched sparring partner than the blunt ardent Brexiteer.
He looked owlish
in his thick-rimmed glasses, black suit, and thick overcoat.