I know an amiable professor very different from Dr. Dryasdust.
Dandy Mick and Devilsdust save a little money and become "respectable."
CHAPTER X. Toser.--The Bey's Palace.--Blue Doves.--The town described.--Industry of the People.--Sheikh Tahid imprisoned and punished.--Leghorn.--The Boo-habeeba.--A Domestic Picture.--The Bey's Diversions.--The Bastinado.-- Concealed Treasure.--Nefta.--The Two Saints.--Departure of Santa Maria.-- Snake-charmers.--Wedyen.--Deer Stalking.--Splendid view of the Sahara.-- Revolting Acts.--Qhortabah.--Ghafsa.--Byrlafee.--Mortality among the Camels--Aqueduct.--Remains of Udina.--Arrival at Tunis.--The Boab's Wives.--Curiosities.--Tribute Collected.--Author takes leave of the Governor of Mogador, and embarks for England.--Rough Weather.--Arrival in London.
I had really forgot he had ever taken that name, and made answer no; and that if such a person mentioned me, it was probably some chevalier d'industrie who sought to introduce himself into company by a supposed acquaintance with me.
So, at least, they always said; but it was remarkable that their name could never be traced farther back than the dissolution of the monasteries: and Calumnious Dryasdusts would sometimes insolently father their title on James I. and one of his batches of bought peerages.
The air is heated in two regenerating chambers, which are placed below the furnace.--Industries.
Why have those banish'd and forbidden legs Dar'd once to touch a dust of England's ground?
--Dust in the Distance.
Now it was as though I had discovered a white Venus in the dust- heap of a burying-place.
"Why then the barn will be an excellent place for it, I don't suppose the rats and mice will do it any real harm, and as for the damp, and the dust--" "Oh!
Here in this coffin of a bed, I've thought I'd like to kneel and sweep his floors for ever,-- And ask no nights off when the bustle's over, For I'd enjoy the dirt; who's prejudiced Against a grimed hand when his own's quite dust,-- Less live than specks that in the sun-shafts turn?
But that for which we chiefly notice this work of Mr. Southey, is the very last sentence in it, wherein is contained his frank and honourable recommendation (though not more than they deserve) of the works of one whom the iron hand of oppression would have levelled with the dust:-- "In one of the volumes collected from various quarters, which were sent to me for this purpose, I observe the name of W. Hone, and notice it that I may take the opportunity of recommending his Every-Day Book and Table Book to those who are interested in the preservation of our national and local customs.
The Simurgh, hearing the lamentations of Sam among his people, knew that he had come in quest of his son, and thus said to Zal:--"I have fed and protected thee like a kind nurse, and I have given thee the name of Dustan, like a father.
We never knew what a great man Jackson was, until the country was cursed by Buchanan's occupation of the same chair that Jackson had filled,--a chair that he was unworthy to dust,--and by his cowardice and treachery which made civil war inevitable.
In a similar spirit, of pushing every thing to extremes when he means to be impressive, the author is sometimes offensively minute; as when he makes the aforesaid persecuted monk declare, that "the cook had learned the secret of the convent (that of tormenting those whom they had no longer hopes of commanding), and mixed the fragments he threw to me with ashes, hair, and dust;"--and sometimes the extravagance of his phrases becomes simply ludicrous.
Wonder's voice came back to him: "No, Daddy, they tasted of dust"--and at that thought he gripped the hammer ready to strike.
One might even go so far as to say that she might have thrown it into a dustbin.
They reminded me of battalions of London cabbies who had ravaged the dustbins for discarded "toppers."
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The newspapers and handbills would accumulate in a dusty little heap on the porch; but when she returned there was always a grand cleaning, with the windows open, and Blanche--her head bound turbanwise in a towel--appearing at a window every few minutes to shake out a dustcloth.
There the little one-horse cabs tear hither and thither, drivers lashing their wretched beasts, wheels whirling, arms gesticulating, bad eyes flashing and leering, thick lips chattering everlastingly: and the tram-cars roll along, crowded till the people cling to one another on the steps; and the small boys dodge in and out between the cars and the carriages and the horses and the foot-passengers, some screaming out papers for sale, some looking for pockets to pick, some hunting for stumps of cigars in the dust,--dirty, ragged, joyous, foul-mouthed, God-forsaken little boys; and then through the midst of all, as a black swan swimming stately through muddy waters, comes a splendid, princely equipage, all in mourning, from the black horses to the heavy veil just raised across a young widow's white face--and so, from contrast to contrast, through the dense city, and down to the teeming port, and out at last to the magic southern sea, where the clean life of the white-sailed ships passes silently, and scarce leaves a momentary wake to mar the pure waters of the tideless bay.
+Dusken+, v. to grow dark, C. +Dusten+, v. to throw, toss, S; +duste+, pt.
Ornaments had been dusted and polished and the carpet swept.
+Dusken+, v. to grow dark, C. +Dusten+, v. to throw, toss, S; +duste+, pt.
Lulu reappeared in the linen duster and a wide hat.
Then I did a bit more thinking, and I went round to a shop I know and bought a couple o' knuckle-dusters."
With eyes accustomed to the gloom of the evening, and away now from the shadows of those dreadful dustheaps, I could see much more easily than I could a little while ago.
"Dustier 'an ever," assured Jim Pink.
We waited behind one bend till Wilks had passed the next, and then hurried in his trail, treading in the dustiest parts of the road or on the side grass, when there was any, to deaden the sound of our steps.
Grandest, flattest,--muddiest, dustiest,--hottest, coldest,--wettest, driest,--farthest north, south, east, and west from other places, consequently most central,--best harbor on Lake Michigan, worst harbor and smallest river any great commercial city ever lived on,--most elegant in architecture, meanest in hovel-propping,--wildest in speculation, solidest in value,--proudest in self-esteem, loudest in self-disparagement,--most lavish, most grasping,--most public-spirited in some things, blindest and darkest on some points of highest interest.
They talked it over covertly on the back seat of the carriage, Anna sitting bravely in front with the young "web-foot," as their wheels next day plodded dustily westward out of Clinton.
THE PURSUIT ON THE RIVER The story of the frontier is filled with heroines, from the far days of Hannah Dustin down to the present, and Mary Newton, whom the unknown figure in the dark had just aroused, is one of them.
Dear dust,--in rooms, on roads, on faces' tan!
The whole of Niggertown came rushing down upon him, seizing him in its passion and dustiness and greasiness, putting to flight all his cultivated white-man ideas.
The opening of Hedda Gabler, with its long conversation between Miss Tesman and the servant Bertha, comes as near as Ibsen ever did to the conventional exposition of the French stage, conducted by a footman and a parlour-maid engaged in dusting the furniture.
CHAPTER XII SIERRA THUNDER-STORMS The weather of spring and summer in the middle region of the Sierra is usually well flecked with rains and light dustings of snow, most of which are far too obviously joyful and life-giving to be regarded as storms; and in the picturesque beauty and clearness of outlines of their clouds they offer striking contrasts to those boundless, all-embracing cloud-mantles of the storms of winter.
Now, miller, miller dustipoll I'll clapper-claw your jobbernole.
His hair stood up like a freshly laundried, dustless mop; his shirt was dirty; his pipe hung listlessly in his mouth--upside down, and a three days' crop of black beard peppered his face.
Bocking, less fortunate than its neighbour, has no dustma
Dustman and nightman issue their prospectus."
Hunting machines, that would fly like balloons over a ten-foot wall--A candidate for the Circumnavigation Club, who has been four times round the world in his own, yacht--A point of bad taste to make a morning call by daylight--Dining at twelve P.M.--A spring-door with a self-acting knocker, which gives a treble knock, and is opened by a steam porter in livery--A chair mounting from the hall, through the ceiling, into the drawing room--Talking to a lady two miles off through a telescope, till one's fingers ache--A callisthenic academy for the children of pauper operatives--An automaton note-writer--A lady professing ignorance of Almack's, "a club where Swift and Johnson used to meet, but I don't profess to be an antiquarian"--"Love and Algebra," one of the common scientific novels thumbed by coal-heavers and orange-women, very well for the common people--Every thing is taught them now by means of scientific novels: such as "Geological Atoms, or the Adventures of a Dustman"--Doubted very much whether English wheat is fit for any thing but the brute creation--Dark times of the 19th century--Six-hourly and half-daily newspapers--"apropos, as the hackney-coachmen say"--Turkey, one of the southern provinces of Russia--His Majesty Jonathan III.
A crowd of thieves and vagabonds, of dustmen and rag-pickers, with four or five gold bands on their sleeves and caps, (the insignia of officers of the National Guard), were hurrying along down the grand staircase, chewing "imperiales," spitting, and repeating the old jokes of '93.
Of course they had become black enough with coal-dust,--not a streak of light was visible, except around their eyes.
It is dustoor!
"Cordelia was very cross about the dustpan, too, but we can pay her back," said Hannah Straight Tree, adding fresh fuel to the fire.
As spontaneous activity, with its ceaseless efforts at experimenting, ceaselessly spills the sand, within easy reach are little brushes and dustpans to remedy such mishaps.
Fine 'dustriss young business man.
She dusts her hands and turns to Mrs Warren.
Let me now gather some gold dust,--some more fragments of Dr. Johnson's conversation, without regard to order of time.