Seems to me, Dolph," he added, laying his finger on the elegant
figured satin vest that Adolph was sporting, "seems to me that's my vest.
Having been instructed in the use of the indefinite pronoun "one" as giving a refined and elegant
touch to literary efforts, Rebecca painstakingly rewrote her composition on solitude, giving it all the benefit of Miss Dearborn's suggestion.
Goddard was the mistress of a Schoolnot of a seminary, or an establishment, or any thing which professed, in long sentences of refined nonsense, to combine liberal acquirements with elegant
morality, upon new principles and new systemsand where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanitybut a real, honest, oldfashioned Boardingschool, where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price, and where girls might be sent to be out of the way, and scramble themselves into a little education, without any danger of coming back prodigies.
Wragge have only to join me here, to be established five doors away from him in this elegant
I had believed in the best parlour as a most elegant
saloon; I had believed in the front door, as a mysterious portal of the Temple of State whose solemn opening was attended with a sacrifice of roast fowls; I had believed in the kitchen as a chaste though not magnificent apartment; I had believed in the forge as the glowing road to manhood and independence.
Perhaps before the end of our tramp together, I shall have a few verses of it to submit to the elegant
taste of the reader, but at present I have not advanced beyond the title.
On this elegant
couch lay Prince Rainbow, looking more beautiful than ever, and sunk in profound slumber, in which he had been held ever since his disappearance.
When they feast a friend they kill an ox, and set immediately a quarter of him raw upon the table (for their most elegant
treat is raw beef newly killed) with pepper and salt; the gall of the ox serves them for oil and vinegar; some, to heighten the delicacy of the entertainment, add a kind of sauce, which they call manta, made of what they take out of the guts of the ox; this they set on the fire, with butter, salt, pepper, and onion.
But to marry such an elegant
accomplished gentleman as has been just now described to us- indeed, indeed, though it was a folly, it was not such a great one as you think; for according to the rules of my master here- and he won't allow me to lie- as of men of letters bishops are made, so of gentlemen knights, specially if they be errant, kings and emperors may be made.
But in spite of the elegant
terms and good accent of the narrator, the German language had no success.
The term is merely one of foreign derivation, meaning a clever fellow, or, in more literary and elegant
language, a gentleman with whom one must reckon.
They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time, and though I sometimes amuse myself with suggesting and arranging such little elegant
compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible.