The first words exchanged between the four friends, on account of the ceremony which each of them mingled with their demonstration, were somewhat forced and even the repast began with a kind of stiffness
Could a few young ladies, too, be persuaded to become a little more prominent, and quit their mother's apron-strings, it would add vastly to the grouping, and relieve the stiffness
of the "shin- pieces" of formal rows of dark-looking men, and of the flounces of pretty women.
I should like to have seen a gallery of coronation beauties, at Westminster Abbey, confronted for a moment by this band of island girls; their stiffness
, formality, and affectation, contrasted with the artless vivacity and unconcealed natural graces of these savage maidens.
of the meeting soon gave way before their popular manners and more diffused intimacies: little groups were formed, and everybody grew comfortable.
This guard was one of the twenty musketeers appointed for attendance upon the king, and who mounted guard with the stiffness
and consciousness of a statue.
Mother Rigby stood at the threshold, well pleased to see how the sunbeams glistened on him, as if all his magnificence were real, and how diligently and lovingly he smoked his pipe, and how handsomely he walked, in spite of a little stiffness
of his legs.
He appeared, with the col- our and uncouth stiffness
of the extraordinary ma- terial in which he chose to clothe himself--"for the time being," would be his mumbled remark to any observation on the subject--like a man roughened out of granite, standing in a wilderness not big enough for a decent billiard-room.
The machine goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness
in the working of it, and it has lost a little of its force.
But his stiffness
remained, and, though he asked who Cissie and Albert might be, he still thought Mr.
but he will have some extra stiffness
, I can promise you, for the friends of his friend and neighbour Boythorn
For the first night or two I tried to help her, and so did Sir Henry as soon as his stiffness
allowed him to move, but Foulata bore our interference with impatience, and finally insisted upon our leaving him to her, saying that our movements made him restless, which I think was true.
And, from the profound immobility of his whole body, barely agitated at intervals by an involuntary shiver, as a tree is moved by the wind; from the stiffness
of his elbows, more marble than the balustrade on which they leaned; or the sight of the petrified smile which contracted his face,-- one would have said that nothing living was left about Claude Frollo except his eyes.