At the same time, I was not only reading many books besides Thackeray's, but I was studying to get a smattering
of several languages as well as I could, with or without help.
He had, already, accompanied his master on several journeys, and had a smattering
of science appropriate to his condition and style of mind, but he was especially remarkable for a sort of mild philosophy, a charming turn of optimism.
After all I was half a madman ever to have expected it - a rough, coarse chap like me, with only a smattering
of polite ways!
Without having been in the school of the Abbe Faria, the worthy master of The Young Amelia (the name of the Genoese tartan) knew a smattering
of all the tongues spoken on the shores of that large lake called the Mediterranean, from the Arabic to the Provencal, and this, while it spared him interpreters, persons always troublesome and frequently indiscreet, gave him great facilities of communication, either with the vessels he met at sea, with the small boats sailing along the coast, or with the people without name, country, or occupation, who are always seen on the quays of seaports, and who live by hidden and mysterious means which we must suppose to be a direct gift of providence, as they have no visible means of support.
D'Arnot knew a few words of Norwegian, Russian, Greek, and also had a smattering
of the language of one of the West Coast negro tribes--the man denied them all.
The words "father," "sick," and "come," however she finally understood after several repetitions, for she had picked up a smattering
of the Dyak language during her enforced association with the natives.
She went to a dame-school and learnt a few useful things well; that is better than a smattering
of half a dozen so-called higher branches, I take the liberty of thinking."
of science, sir," she said, with a malicious smile, "includes, I presume, a smattering
of medicine as well?"
They sus- pected it was writing, because those among them who knew how to read Latin and had a smattering
of Greek, recognized some of the letters, but they could make nothing out of the result as a whole.
There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering
of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Lingua Franca, but all to no purpose.
Her parents had given her a smattering
of the usual accomplishments, but here her superior instruction ended.
I soon learned that most of them had the merest smattering
of the high-sounding things that they had studied.