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cried the Keeper of the Wicket, in a pompous voice; "make way for Princess Dorothy, who comes from Ozma of Oz.
It recrudesced the laughter and the song, and put a lilt into my own imagination so that I could laugh and sing and say foolish things with the liveliest of them, or platitudes with verve and intensity to the satisfaction of the pompous mediocre ones who knew no other way to talk.
Not that the parting speech caused Amelia to philosophise, or that it armed her in any way with a calmness, the result of argument; but it was intolerably dull, pompous, and tedious; and having the fear of her schoolmistress greatly before her eyes, Miss Sedley did not venture, in her presence, to give way to any ebullitions of private grief.
He was a shortish gentleman, with very stiff black hair cut in the porcupine or blacking-brush style, and standing stiff and straight all over his head; his aspect was pompous and threatening; his manner was peremptory; his eyes were sharp and restless; and his whole bearing bespoke a feeling of great confidence in himself, and a consciousness of immeasurable superiority over all other people.
Out they came forthwith; Mr Witherden, who was short, chubby, fresh-coloured, brisk, and pompous, leading the old lady with extreme politeness, and the father and son following them, arm in arm.
Goole points out that pompous patriarch Arthur Birling (Ken Stott) fired her from his factory for standing up for workers' rights.
He's got pompous, but in my opinion all politicians get pompous" Former minister without portfolio Kenneth Clarke "The Prince Harry Syndrome: a pathological need constantly to undress" One of the "ailments" of British holidaymakers listed by mass-selling German newspaper Bild "Driverless cars are great for people who have never had a computer freeze or phone signal drop-out.
The MP was one of several who claimed Mr Mitchell had a pompous attitude which meant he had little support from colleagues when he was accused of calling cops "f***g plebs".
POMPOUS Prince Andrew blasted armed royal protection cops who mistook him for a Buckingham Palace intruder by shouting, "Don't you know who I am?
The statue of the pompous leader of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard, played by the late Arthur Lowe, will be placed between the Bell and Anchor hotels in Thetford, Norfolk.
Asked on one of the Sunday venues for pompous pontificators how he would respond to any attempt by President Bush to escalate the war in Iraq (to "surge," if you prefer it in Newspeak), the Democratic "leader" on foreign policy responded, "There's not much I can do about it.