He received the applicants
in an alert, jovial fashion which was quite surprising.
He knew by his own office--seldom a vacant post, and hundreds of applicants
for it; at present no vacant post.
For the first two days after his wife's departure Alexey Alexandrovitch received applicants
for assistance and his chief secretary, drove to the committee, and went down to dinner in the dining room as usual.
And there was not a list, in all the Circumlocution Office, of places that might fall vacant anywhere within half a century, from a lord of the Treasury to a Chinese consul, and up again to a governor-general of India, but as applicants
for such places, the names of some or of every one of these hungry and adhesive Barnacles were down.
There is no saying how many applicants
for relief, under these last two heads, might have started up in all classes of society, if it had not been coupled with the workhouse; but the board were long-headed men, and had provided for this difficulty.
Then, facing the applicant
, he regarded him a moment with deep attention; after which he said, in a low and reluctant voice:
, by this time, stood within the doorway.
But now, at last, on a flaming June day, she found herself happy; her tedious wait was ended; her year-worn advertisement had been answered; and not by a village applicant
, no, no
Now Monsieur de Chavigny piqued himself on his infallible penetration; for that which almost proved that he was the son of Richelieu was his everlasting pretension; he examined attentively the countenance of the applicant
for place and fancied that the contracted eyebrows, thin lips, hooked nose, and prominent cheek-bones of Grimaud were favorable signs.
The summons was answered by a bond-servant, a coarse-clad and dull-featured piece of humanity, who, after ascertaining that his master was the applicant
, undid the door, and held a flaring pineknot torch to light him in.
The woman understood by the timidity and undecided manner of the applicant
, that she had a very unpracticed being to deal with, and she was emboldened to act accordingly.
Sir Walter spurned the idea of its being offered in any manner; forbad the slightest hint being dropped of his having such an intention; and it was only on the supposition of his being spontaneously solicited by some most unexceptionable applicant
, on his own terms, and as a great favour, that he would let it at all.