A line of electric broughams discharged their little cargoes of white-bearded professors, while the dark stream of humbler
pedestrians, who crowded through the arched door-way, showed that the audience would be popular as well as scientific.
It was Madame Nilsson's first appearance that winter, and what the daily press had already learned to describe as "an exceptionally brilliant audience" had gathered to hear her, transported through the slippery, snowy streets in private broughams, in the spacious family landau, or in the humbler
but more convenient "Brown coupe" To come to the Opera in a Brown coupe was almost as honourable a way of arriving as in one's own carriage; and departure by the same means had the immense advantage of enabling one
Also into rooms high in the roof, and into offices in court-yards, and over stables, where humbler
ambition dreams of bliss, in keepers' lodges, and in holy matrimony with Will or Sally.
In the least disfavor, these humbler
voices accompanied in harmonious accents the murmur of my own heart.
With some endowment of stupidity and conceit, she might have thought that a Christian young lady of fortune should find her ideal of life in village charities, patronage of the humbler
clergy, the perusal of "Female Scripture Characters," unfolding the private experience of Sara under the Old Dispensation, and Dorcas under the New, and the care of her soul over her embroidery in her own boudoir--with a background of prospective marriage to a man who, if less strict than herself, as being involved in affairs religiously inexplicable, might be prayed for and seasonably exhorted.
If we must reserve the sacred name of "poet" to a very small number, that humbler
but perhaps still rarer title is due indisputably to Mr.
Then let me beg it as a favour," he replied, lowering his voice at once, and taking a humbler
tone: "let me entreat that you will not mention this affair to anyone whatever.
Here and there amid the humbler
cabs towered the great brass-spangled motor-car of some wealthy magnate, wedged hopelessly among the dammed stream of arrested traffic.
This state of things led to servility on the part of the clerks and to endless intrigues within the various departments, where the humbler
clerks struggled vainly against degenerate members of the aristocracy, who sought positions in the government bureaus for their ruined sons.
The scene thus presented, revealed itself in the back drawing-room of a house in Drury Lane, devoted to the transaction of musical and theatrical business of the humbler
His father was a prosperous scrivener, or lawyer of the humbler
sort, and a Puritan, but broad-minded, and his children were brought up in the love of music, beauty, and learning.
When he has obtained those things which are necessary to life, there is another alternative than to obtain the superfluities; and that is, to adventure on life now, his vacation from humbler
toil having commenced.