Madame Granson, widow of a lieutenant-colonel of artillery killed at Jena, possessed, as her whole means of livelihood, a meagre
pension of nine hundred francs a year, and three hundred francs from property of her own, plus a son whose support and education had eaten up all her savings.
His wife, on the contrary, whose maiden name had been Madeleine Radelle, was pale, meagre
, and sickly-looking.
said Aramis, "you will find meagre
fare; you were not expected.
These fasts and vigils made him meagre
and haggard, and probably caused him to appear as if he hardly belonged to the world.
Poor Clover has been a good deal troubled with her second teeth, which have made her meagre
in aspect and rather fractious in temper; nor, even when she smiles, is the matter much mended, since it discloses a gap just within her lips, almost as wide as the barn door.
After this, the country grew barer and barer: no more rolling woods, no more wide-branching trees near frequent homesteads, no more bushy hedgerows, but greystone walls intersecting the meagre
pastures, and dismal wide-scattered greystone houses on broken lands where mines had been and were no longer.
This was a woman, too, and, moreover, an old woman, and as fat and as rubicund as Madame Pelet was meagre
and yellow; her attire was likewise very fine, and spring flowers of different hues circled in a bright wreath the crown of her violet-coloured velvet bonnet.
Added to this was the faintness consequent on our meagre
diet--a calamity in which Toby participated to the same extent as myself.
The dark trunks of the trees rose from the pure white of the snow in regularly formed shafts, until, at a great height, their branches shot forth horizontal limbs, that were covered with the meagre
foliage of an evergreen, affording a melancholy contrast to the torpor of nature below.
The other, a little fellow, a traveler of meagre
appearance, wearing a dusty surtout, dirty linen, and boots more worn by the pavement than the stirrup, had come from Nantes with a cart drawn by a horse so like Furet in color, that D'Artagnan might have gone a hundred miles without finding a better match.
As the journals, on which I chiefly depended, had been kept by men of business, intent upon the main object of the enterprise, and but little versed in science, or curious about matters not immediately bearing upon their interest, and as they were written often in moments of fatigue or hurry, amid the inconveniences of wild encampments, they were often meagre
in their details, furnishing hints to provoke rather than narratives to satisfy inquiry.
If the goal was a disappointment, if the church was meagre
, or the ruin a heap of rubbish, Newman never protested or berated his cicerone; he looked with an impartial eye upon great monuments and small, made the guide recite his lesson, listened to it religiously, asked if there was nothing else to be seen in the neighborhood, and drove back again at a rattling pace.