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Milesians = slang for Irish (from Milesius, a mythical Spanish conqueror of Ireland); Miss Dosie = Miss Eudosia; bossee = humorous for a female boss; coteries = social sets}
On one side it's a plaything; they play at being a parliament, and I'm neither young enough nor old enough to find amusement in playthings; and on the other side" (he stammered) "it's a means for the coterie of the district to make money.
Every member of the respectable coterie appeared plunged in his own reflections; not excepting the dog, who by a certain malicious licking of his lips seemed to be meditating an attack upon the legs of the first gentleman or lady he might encounter in the streets when he went out.
From patronage of institutions and individuals, the dynasties, over the years, have mastered the art of creating coteries, which act as their praetorian guards, drawing protective veils around them, thereby further highlighting the folklore surrounding these families and using it as the tipping point towards forward movement.
Lahore, June 30 (ANI): The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has been informed about the involvement of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's coteries in a 15 billion rupee scam.
In critical terms, there are numerous problems with a too-literal use of coterie as interpretive frame: First, there is the question of the possibility of any positive historical knowledge after the move to radical textuality (either avant-garde or poststructuralist); there is also the political question of the social makeup of coteries and the "restricted production" of avant-garde art as opposed to more accessible, middlebrow, or public tastes, theorized by Pierre Bourdieu; there is also the nasty theory of the avant-garde that faults its claim to return art to life while failing to do so; and finally there is the question of the porous boundary between high art and mass culture--particularly relevant to O'Hara's work--which further complicates the hierarchies of coterie.
They were written to liberate the avoidant and defensive "common man" that is protected by the arrogance of the coteries of culture.
Chapter 3 examines Richelieu and his coteries who expounded the French version of raison d'etat, while chapter 4 studies Louis XIV and Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.
He says entomologists have suspected that vibratory papillae may have a signaling role, and that caterpillars actively recruit protective coteries of ants rather than simply waiting for them to arrive.
The Washington Monthly and Human Events may well be fine publications, influential among their respective coteries, but it would probably be good, just as a backup, to talk to some actual politicians (or even voters) as well.
To discuss Stuart coteries, Schleiner emphasizes the development of wit and gossip in allusions to Ben Jonson, John Donne, and Anne Southwell as players of "conceited newes," a game based on sententiae and rhetorical balancing.