I was only speaking in reference to the second-rate
fortunes we were mentioning just now.
With their standard the Lyceum would have been a sort of second-rate
booth, as some of the popular theatres in London are at present.
Poor humanity was satisfied with second-rate
and third-rate accommodation.
Elisabeth Baudoyer, nee Saillard, is one of those persons who escape portraiture through their utter commonness; yet who ought to be sketched, because they are specimens of that second-rate
Parisian bourgeoisie which occupies a place above the well-to-do artisan and below the upper middle classes,--a tribe whose virtues are well-nigh vices, whose defects are never kindly, but whose habits and manners, dull and insipid though they be, are not without a certain originality.
Except that it was solidly built of good sound stone, the Craig Fernie hotel differed in no other important respect from the average of second-rate
Belgium distinguished herself among the second-rate
states by a grant of 513,000 francs-- about two centimes per head of her population.
Throughout the fifteenth century the leading poets (of prose we will speak later) were avowed imitators of Chaucer, and therefore at best only second-rate
He had been a very second-rate
helmsman while alive, but now he was dead he might have become a first-class tempta- tion, and possibly cause some startling trouble.
Moreover, the priest's appearance was second-rate
and his clothes muddy; a mere glimpse of him afar off might precipitate a crisis in the club.
dandies and roues, widow-ladies who always have a lawsuit, and very simple English folks, who fancy they see "Continental society" at these houses, put down their money, or ate their meals, at Madame de Borodino's tables.
Lively descriptions of his adventures in travelling, amusing anecdotes of remarkable people whom he had met with abroad, quaint comparisons between the social customs of various nations, illustrated by examples drawn from men and women indiscriminately all over Europe, humorous confessions of the innocent follies of his own early life, when he ruled the fashions of a second-rate
Italian town, and wrote preposterous romances on the French model for a second-rate
Italian newspaper--all flowed in succession so easily and so gaily from his lips, and all addressed our various curiosities and various interests so directly and so delicately, that Laura and I listened to him with as much attention and, inconsistent as it may seem, with as much admiration also, as Madame Fosco herself.
This was the second-rate
bill; the third, she said, was for a degree higher, and when the father or friends appeared:-- 1.