and a famous Parthian gladiator who was sent here a
We came foaming down abreast of the skiff, so close that we could hear above the wind the voices of Big Alec and his mate as they shouted at us with all the scorn that professional watermen feel for amateurs
, especially when amateurs
are making fools of themselves.
, too, are a folk strangely out of place among philosophers, for they are the last persons in the world who would come to anything like a philosophical discussion, if they could help, while they run about at the Dionysiac festivals as if they had let out their ears to hear every chorus; whether the performance is in town or country--that makes no difference--they are there.
It doesn't look a fair match at first glance: Williams is nearly two inches taller, and probably a long year older than his opponent, and he is very strongly made about the arms and shoulders--"peels well," as the little knot of big fifth-form boys, the amateurs
, say, who stand outside the ring of little boys, looking complacently on, but taking no active part in the proceedings.
Now the management of the Loops, in its bid for popularity, instituted what is called 'Amateur
Night'; that is to say, twice a week, after the professionals have done their turns, the stage is given over to the aspiring amateurs
Old women and amateurs
have invaded the upper apartments, pinching the bed- curtains, poking into the feathers, shampooing the mattresses, and clapping the wardrobe drawers to and fro.
And forasmuch as crouching under the lee of a hauled-up boat on a night when it blew cold and strong, and when the weather was varied with blasts of hail at times, might be wearisome to amateurs
, the reporter closed with the recommendation that the two gentlemen should remain, for a while at any rate, in their present quarters, which were weather-tight and warm.
Tupman, with the most obliging haste, placed his piece in the position required, and the party moved on again; the two amateurs
marching with reversed arms, like a couple of privates at a royal funeral.
The twins had accepted several invitations while the reception was in progress, and had also volunteered to play some duets at an amateur
entertainment for the benefit of a local charity.
Among these last I found a card, which had been given to my sister early in the year by an actor who managed an amateur
theatrical performance in which she took a part.
After the removal of the cloth, and the singing of Non Nobis (beautifully executed, and in which we were at no loss to distinguish the bell-like notes of that gifted amateur
, WILKINS MICAWBER, ESQUIRE, JUNIOR), the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were severally given and rapturously received.
After a short pause for repose, Miss Skiffins - in the absence of the little servant who, it seemed, retired to the bosom of her family on Sunday afternoons - washed up the tea-things, in a trifling lady-like amateur
manner that compromised none of us.