The thoughts, too, that run around the ring of familiar guests have a piquancy and mirthfulness, and oftentimes a vivid truth, which more rarely find their way into the elaborate
intercourse of dinner.
The style in which it was written was that curious jewelled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate
paraphrases, that characterizes the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes.
I was very much impressed by the elaborate
secrecy of these two men regarding the contents of the place, and for some time I was thinking of that and of the unaccountable familiarity of the name of Moreau; but so odd is the human memory that I could not then recall that well-known name in its proper connection.
No prepossession for the mere antique (and in this case we can imagine no other prepossession) should induce us to dignify with the sacred name of poetry, a series, such as this, of elaborate
and threadbare compliments, stitched, apparently, together, without fancy, without plausibility, and without even an attempt at adaptation.
Having obtained a light, he discovered this to be a glass wheel, part of an elaborate
piece of mechanism which he must in his sleep have taken from the chest, which was now opened.
That first, they ought to refer matters unto them, which is the first begetting, or impregnation; but when they are elaborate
, moulded, and shaped in the womb of their counsel, and grow ripe, and ready to be brought forth, that then they suffer not their counsel to go through with the resolution and direction, as if it depended on them; but take the matter back into their own hands, and make it appear to the world, that the decrees and final directions
With your permission, I would ask the favor of an interview, as I feel strongly upon the subject, and have certain suggestions which I could only elaborate
in a personal conversation.
The columns and the entablature together are ninety feet high--a prodigious altitude for shafts of stone to reach, truly--and yet one only thinks of their beauty and symmetry when looking at them; the pillars look slender and delicate, the entablature, with its elaborate
sculpture, looks like rich stucco-work.
From floor to ceiling the walls were covered with a strange and elaborate
All these he had taken and, with the help of the gilt rout chairs, light and easy to move, had made an elaborate
cave in which he could hide himself from the Red Indians who were lurking behind the curtains.
The adjutant by his elaborate
courtesy appeared to wish to ward off any attempt at familiarity on the part of the Russian messenger.
Those empty lives which were wasted in aimless visiting and being visited, in the worry of great and unnecessary households, in the arranging and eating of elaborate
and tedious meals, have now found rest and health in the reading, the music, the gentle family communion which comes from a simpler and saner division of their time.