I am the most commonplace
person you can imagine--if you only knew.
reply, that if he had been guilty of corrupting the youth their relations would surely have witnessed against him, with which he concludes this part of his defence, is more satisfactory.
Her "Bon jour, monsieur," was quite polite, but so orderly, so commonplace
, it spread directly a cool, damp towel over my "vives impressions.
Our visitor bore every mark of being an average commonplace
British tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow.
Her aunt's stock of commonplaces
, Katharine sometimes suspected, had been laid in on purpose to fill silences with, and had little to do with her private thoughts.
Then would he be there to tell that honourable gentleman that it would have been more to his honour, more to his credit, more to his good taste, more to his good sense, more to half the dictionary of commonplaces
, if he had left the Circumlocution Office alone, and never approached this matter.
I began this discussion with an object, but I've grown so sick during the last three years of this chattering to amuse oneself, of this incessant flow of commonplaces
, always the same, that, by Jove, I blush even when other people talk like that.
While writing this book, fully a quarter of a century since, it occurred to us that the French name of this lake was too complicated, the American too commonplace
, and the Indian too unpronounceable, for either to be used familiarly in a work of fiction.
By agreement, the conversation in Roxy's presence was all about the man's "up-country" farm, and how pleasant a place it was, and how happy the slaves were there; so poor Roxy was entirely deceived; and easily, for she was not dreaming that her own son could be guilty of treason to a mother who, in voluntarily going into slavery--slavery of any kind, mild or severe, or of any duration, brief or long--was making a sacrifice for him compared with which death would have been a poor and commonplace
The boys were not able to remem- ber that their remarks had possessed weight before; but now their sayings were treasured and repeated; everything they did seemed somehow to be regarded as remarkable; they had evidently lost the power of doing and saying commonplace
things; moreover, their past history was raked up and discovered to bear marks of conspicuous originality.
Though my Wife entered the room opportunely just at that moment, I decided, after we had exchanged a few words of commonplace
conversation, not to begin with her.
Even had it been under commonplace
circumstances, it would have made me a trifle thoughtful; but in the first place was the singularity of an educated man living on this unknown little island, and coupled with that the extraordinary nature of his luggage.