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It is not that these countries, so rich in species, do not by a strange chance possess the aboriginal stocks of any useful plants, but that the native plants have not been improved by continued selection up to a standard of perfection comparable with that given to the plants in countries anciently civilised.
This, perhaps, partly explains what has been remarked by some authors, namely, that the varieties kept by savages have more of the character of species than the varieties kept in civilised countries.
D--n their figures," cries the squire; "a pretty civilised nation, truly, where women are above the law.
Fairlie (emulating the magnificent condescension of the monarch who had picked up Titian's brush for him) had instructed his butler to consult my wishes in relation to the wine that I might prefer after dinner, I was resolute enough to resist the temptation of sitting in solitary grandeur among bottles of my own choosing, and sensible enough to ask the ladies' permission to leave the table with them habitually, on the civilised foreign plan, during the period of my residence at Limmeridge House.
Winkle, being engaged in the city as agent or town correspondent of his father, exchanged his old costume for the ordinary dress of Englishmen, and presented all the external appearance of a civilised Christian ever afterwards.
A little cottage at Hampstead being to let, which had in its garden a smoking-box, the envy of the civilised world, they agreed to become its tenants, and, when the honey-moon was over, entered upon its occupation.
The scandal of elderly and vulnerable Britons cheated of their dignity is shaming in a country that rightly considers itself civilised.
A civilised society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity
Indicate that the very foundations of the civilised world are at risk.
The campaign, labelled "Embracing APEC Wonderful Pekingese-Citizen Civilised Behaviour Promotion," also promises to crack down on jaywalking, drink driving and drivers refusing to stop at zebra crossings.
The move comes within the framework of the municipality's strategy aimed at protecting the civilised appearance of the Capital.
After all, that would not have been very civilised.