When it is remembered that the Dutch (who first settled New York), the English, and the French, all gave appellations
to the tribes that dwelt within the country which is the scene of this story, and that the Indians not only gave different names to their enemies, but frequently to themselves, the cause of the confusion will be understood.
In talking, they forget the common appellation
of things, and the names of persons, even of those who are their nearest friends and relations.
Such efforts at conversation won her the appellation
of "that good Mademoiselle Cormon," which, from the lips of the beaux esprits of society, means that she was as ignorant as a carp, and rather a poor fool; but many persons of her own calibre took the remark in its literal sense, and answered:--
It was this deficiency, I considered, while running over in thought the perfect keeping of the character of the premises with the accredited character of the people, and while speculating upon the possible influence which the one, in the long lapse of centuries, might have exercised upon the other--it was this deficiency, perhaps, of collateral issue, and the consequent undeviating transmission, from sire to son, of the patrimony with the name, which had, at length, so identified the two as to merge the original title of the estate in the quaint and equivocal appellation
of the "House of Usher"--an appellation
which seemed to include, in the minds of the peasantry who used it, both the family and the family mansion.
Naseby,' said he; 'I believe you forget that the appellation
is common to both of us.
According to my idea, we must see in this appellation
of the Red Sea a translation of the Hebrew word `Edom'; and if the ancients gave it that name, it was on account of the particular colour of its waters.
The sobriquet of La Carconte had been bestowed on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village, so called, situated between Salon and Lambesc; and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation
, her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine, which, in all probability, his rude gutteral language would not have enabled him to pronounce.
My friend is still so kind as to address me by that old and well beloved appellation
, which makes my heart glad when I hear it.
After much sage consultation, they at length determined that it must be the "great medicine" of the white party; an appellation
given by the Indians to anything of supernatural and mysterious power that is guarded as a talisman.
Timothy's Bess, though retaining her maiden appellation
among her familiars, had long been the wife of Sandy Jim, and possessed a handsome set of matronly jewels, of which it is enough to mention the heavy baby she was rocking in her arms, and the sturdy fellow of five in kneebreeches, and red legs, who had a rusty milk-can round his neck by way of drum, and was very carefully avoided by Chad's small terrier.
Pelet, when he entered to breakfast, with an unchanged and tranquil countenance; even a cordial offering of the hand and the flattering appellation
of "mon fils," pronounced in that caressing tone with which Monsieur had, of late days especially, been accustomed to address me, did not elicit any external sign of the feeling which, though subdued, still glowed at my heart.
Knipperhausen, but he was more commonly known by the appellation
of the "High German Doctor.