Whosoever has observed that sedate
and clerical bird, the rook, may perhaps have noticed that when he wings his way homeward towards nightfall, in a sedate
and clerical company, two rooks will suddenly detach themselves from the rest, will retrace their flight for some distance, and will there poise and linger; conveying to mere men the fancy that it is of some occult importance to the body politic, that this artful couple should pretend to have renounced connection with it.
Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate
passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.
Distracted hens in coops occupied spots where formerly stood chairs supporting sedate
But all he said was so prettily sedate
, and the naivete of his youthful egotism was so obvious, that he disarmed his hearers.
No longer puppies, vaguely proud of the sedateness of maturity, they strove to be proud and sedate
while all their impulse was to rush together in a frantic ecstasy.