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But he is rightly a totemic figure at Aintree and you'd have to be a miserable niggard not to have joined in the cheers that greeted his arrival in the winner's enclosure after Amberleigh House's victory.
As Hoy puts it, in Old Fortunatus (or at least in its final moments), each brother exemplifies an extreme: "Andelocia is the prodigal, squandering his gifts, and Ampedo is the niggard who makes no use of his.
CD A stanza such as this, "But if the darkness finds the graves where we / Were buried under sillions of our past / Still pointing gloomy crosses at the east, / And thinks that we were niggard with our bravery, / Our ghosts if such we have, can say at least / We were not misers of our misery," seems pretty good to me.
And suddenly a new kind of language comes out of Faulkner's pen; descriptions of this hillman issue forth, a type all "of the same grudged dispensation and niggard fate of hard and unceasing travail not to gain future security, a balance in the bank or even in a buried soda can for slothful and easy old age, but just permission to endure and endure to buy air to feel and sun to drink for each's little while" (668).
pity now the poor belated wretch, The naughty niggard scorns to house from harm.
but give us the grasp of thy honest hand, and warm feelings of thy generous heart, fifty, yes a million times sooner than the mean heart and niggard hand of the selfish cur that calls itself thy master" (183)!
A thousand, thousand ways lead to his gate, To his wide-mouthed porch, when niggard life Hath but one little, little wicket through.
niggard, which is avoided--at least in American English--due to its phonetic similarity to a taboo word, namely nigger.