Even had there been a disposition to turn the matter into ridicule
, it must have been repressed and overpowered by the solemn presence of men no less dignified than the governor, and several of his counsellors, a judge, a general, and the ministers of the town, all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting-house, looking down upon the platform.
While, with smooth and smiling cheek, the courtiers, each in turn, followed their Prince's example, and aimed a shaft of ridicule
at Cedric, the face of the Saxon became inflamed with passion, and he glanced his eyes fiercely from one to another, as if the quick succession of so many injuries had prevented his replying to them in turn; or, like a baited bull, who, surrounded by his tormentors, is at a loss to choose from among them the immediate object of his revenge.
The critics, therefore, are in error who censure these licenses of speech, and hold the author up to ridicule
than thus descend the staircase at the Tuileries driven away by ridicule
But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule
The court made songs on the Parisians and the Parisians on the court; and the casualties, though not mortal, were painful, as are all wounds inflicted by the weapon of ridicule
and their surprise at his accounts, at learning the degree of accommodation and arrangement which was practicable, drew from him some pleasant ridicule
, which reminded Anne of the early days when she too had been ignorant, and she too had been accused of supposing sailors to be living on board without anything to eat, or any cook to dress it if there were, or any servant to wait, or any knife and fork to use.
I think in those days we were a little shy of our emotions, and the fear of ridicule
tempered the more obvious forms of pretentiousness.
Philip passed from the innocence of childhood to bitter consciousness of himself by the ridicule
which his club-foot had excited.
But as soon as he thought of what he should say, he felt that Prince Andrew with one word, one argument, would upset all his teaching, and he shrank from beginning, afraid of exposing to possible ridicule
what to him was precious and sacred.
In the trivial intercourse of society she was open to ridicule
on every side of her.