The hardest, foulest, most odious fact of all that he has to acknowledge is that much of his uncle, blood-kin truly; as of his mother, and no doubt his greatly admired father as well, is pullulating
in him and in all of us.
He asserts that there is "no throbbing, heaving, pullulating
, protoplasmic, mystic jelly .
His reports in the Morning Chronicle in the 1840s and 1850s, and the mammoth London Labour and the London Poor which resulted, startled the genteel world with their description of the complex world of costers, criminals, prostitutes, and vagrants pullulating
at its doorstep.
His unity with mankind will not now be the unity of a member of a tribal horde with that pullulating
mass; his unity will be that of a member of sweet society.
Or Curnow's sense of place with that of John Betjeman--redolent, indeed pullulating
as the latter is with a social and aesthetic champagne that bubbles out of the most unlikely and lonely places, such as heather-roots and euonymus hedges, as if the drabbest objects and artefacts of modern Britain were alive (as indeed for Betjeman they are) in the same way as its grand traditions: its Ascot and Beau Monde and the Changing of the Guard and Burke's Landed Gentry.