When he used to treat the boys in old days at a coffee-house, he would shout and laugh louder than anybody there, and have all the waiters skipping round him; it was quite painful to see how humble and civil he was to John of the Tapioca, a blear-eyed old attendant in dingy stockings and cracked pumps, whose business it was to serve glasses of wafers, and bumpers of ink in pewter, and slices of paper to the frequenters
of this dreary house of entertainment, where nothing else seemed to be consumed.
The evening with which we have to do, was neither a summer nor an autumn one, but the twilight of a day in March, when the wind howled dismally among the bare branches of the trees, and rumbling in the wide chimneys and driving the rain against the windows of the Maypole Inn, gave such of its frequenters as chanced to be there at the moment an undeniable reason for prolonging their stay, and caused the landlord to prophesy that the night would certainly clear at eleven o'clock precisely,--which by a remarkable coincidence was the hour at which he always closed his house.
Again John waited leisurely until the observation had thoroughly penetrated to his brain, and then replying, 'No offence as YET,' applied a light to his pipe and smoked in placid silence; now and then casting a sidelong look at a man wrapped in a loose riding- coat with huge cuffs ornamented with tarnished silver lace and large metal buttons, who sat apart from the regular frequenters of the house, and wearing a hat flapped over his face, which was still further shaded by the hand on which his forehead rested, looked unsociable enough.
The carpenters had a joke to the effect that he was dead without being aware of it; and the frequenters
of the pit supposed him to pass his whole life, night and day, and Sunday and all, in the orchestra.
Not without reason was it often asserted by the regular frequenters
of the Porters, that when the light shone full upon the grain of certain panels, and particularly upon an old corner cupboard of walnut-wood in the bar, you might trace little forests there, and tiny trees like the parent tree, in full umbrageous leaf.
Daniel Quilp, who was not much affected by a bright morning save in so far as it spared him the trouble of carrying an umbrella, caused himself to be put ashore hard by the wharf, and proceeded thither through a narrow lane which, partaking of the amphibious character of its frequenters
, had as much water as mud in its composition, and a very liberal supply of both.
Martin Poyser was not a frequenter
of public houses, but he liked a friendly chat over his own home- brewed; and though it was pleasant to lay down the law to a stupid neighbour who had no notion how to make the best of his farm, it was also an agreeable variety to learn something from a clever fellow like Adam Bede.
Sally, suddenly unmasked as an habitual frequenter
of these abandoned places, sprang with one bound into prominence as the Bad Girl of the Family.
Hunter of grisettes, smoker, jester, diner-out and frequenter
of supper-parties, always tuned to the highest pitch, shining equally in the greenroom and at the balls given among the grisettes of the Allee des Veuves, he was just as surprisingly entertaining at table as at a picnic, as gay and lively at midnight on the streets as in the morning when he jumped out of bed, and yet at heart gloomy and melancholy, like most of the great comic players.
I am naturally no hermit, but might possibly sit out the sturdiest frequenter
of the bar-room, if my business called me thither.
Michaelis, young and slim, locksmith by trade, and great frequenter
of evening schools, did not even know that anybody had been killed, his part with a few others being to force open the door at the back of the special conveyance.
The cultural centers provide Muslims frequenters
with not only a place of worship but a venue for cultural, religious and social counselling as well; they help Muslim children of various age categories learn Arabic and know more about their religion.