There have always been ruins, no doubt; and there have always been pensive people to sigh over them, and asses
to scratch upon them their names and the important date of their visit.
Besides, it's infernal affectation - devilish conceit it is, to cherish our ears - we're asses
enough without them.
Drummle laughed outright, and sat laughing in our faces, with his hands in his pockets and his round shoulders raised: plainly signifying that it was quite true, and that he despised us, as asses
Jansenius, he had called them asses
, and consented to accompany them.
That comes--as you call it--of being arrant asses
," retorted the doctor, "and not having sense enough to know honest air from poison, and the dry land from a vile, pestiferous slough.
Here we entered, and I saw three of those detestable creatures, which I first met after my landing, feeding upon roots, and the flesh of some animals, which I afterwards found to be that of asses
and dogs, and now and then a cow, dead by accident or disease.
On Ascension Day we left Baylur, having procured some camels and asses
to carry our baggage.
You might as well affirm the existence of mules, and deny that of horses and asses
At last, upon a pledge that each should apply to his family with a common frankness, this convention of unhappy young asses
broke up, went down the common stair, and in the grey of the spring morning, with the streets lying dead empty all about them, the lamps burning on into the daylight in diminished lustre, and the birds beginning to sound premonitory notes from the groves of the town gardens, went each his own way with bowed head and echoing footfall.
The hunting parties of white men and red men, continually sallying forth and returning; the groups at the various encampments, some cooking, some working, some amusing themselves at different games; the neighing of horses, the braying of asses
, the resounding strokes of the axe, the sharp report of the rifle, the whoop, the halloo, and the frequent burst of laughter, all in the midst of a region suddenly roused from perfect silence and loneliness by this transient hunters' sojourn, realized, he says, the idea of a "populous solitude.
Your geniuses are all arrant asses
-- the greater the genius the greater the ass -- and to this rule there is no exception whatever.
We rode on asses
and mules up the steep, narrow streets and entered the subterranean galleries the English have blasted out in the rock.