Could anyone in a government office display greater shabbiness
? It is dreadful, my Barbara--it is simply dreadful!
Their gray uniforms were worn beyond the point of shabbiness
. One of the men was heating something in a tin cup over the embers.
He can let his hotel run down to the last degree of shabbiness
and yet have it full of people all the time.
of these attendants upon shabbiness
, the poverty of these insolvent waiters upon insolvency, was a sight to see.
She gathered up her baby once more; but when her eye fell upon its miserably short little gray tow-linen shirt and noted the contrast between its pauper shabbiness
and her own volcanic eruption of infernal splendors, her mother-heart was touched, and she was ashamed.
did not trouble him; there was none of his friends round about to sneer him.
When in luck he was able to make a tidy sum; but the shabbiness
of his clothes at last frightened the sight-seers, and he could not find people adventurous enough to trust themselves to him.
The hotel was continually losing patronage because of its shabbiness
and she thought of herself as also shabby.
Poor fellow, I say, with his nervous honour, fancying they perceive a league off the patch on his shoe, the sweat-stains on his hat, the shabbiness
of his cloak, and the hunger of his stomach!"
The preservation of that garment was something marvellous to those who noticed the chevalier's high-bred indifference to its shabbiness
. He did not go so far as to scrape the seams with glass,--a refinement invented by the Prince of Wales; but he did practice the rudiments of English elegance with a personal satisfaction little understood by the people of Alencon.
I was sorry to do this, for personally I liked it better as it was, with its weeds and its wild, rough tangle, its sweet, characteristic Venetian shabbiness
. I had to be consistent, to keep my promise that I would smother the house in flowers.
Maggie ran on before to see that all was right in the dreary parlor, where the fire, dulled by the frosty sunshine, seemed part of the general shabbiness
. She turned her father's chair, and pushed aside the table to make an easy way for him, and then stood with a beating heart to see him enter and look round for the first time.