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On hearing this the bachelor took his departure, as has been said, without making any reply; and Don Quixote asked Sancho what had induced him to call him the "Knight of the Rueful Countenance" more then than at any other time.
He of the Unicorn,' this one 'He of the Damsels,' that 'He of the Phoenix,' another 'The Knight of the Griffin,' and another 'He of the Death,' and by these names and designations they were known all the world round; and so I say that the sage aforesaid must have put it into your mouth and mind just now to call me 'The Knight of the Rueful Countenance,' as I intend to call myself from this day forward; and that the said name may fit me better, I mean, when the opportunity offers, to have a very rueful countenance painted on my shield.
There is no occasion, senor, for wasting time or money on making that countenance," said Sancho; "for all that need be done is for your worship to show your own, face to face, to those who look at you, and without anything more, either image or shield, they will call you 'Him of the Rueful Countenance' and believe me I am telling you the truth, for I assure you, senor (and in good part be it said), hunger and the loss of your grinders have given you such an ill-favoured face that, as I say, the rueful picture may be very well spared.
With a rueful smile, I directed that our original course be resumed, and once again we set off toward merry England.
Herbert probably would have been scratching his head in a most rueful manner at the sight of his accumulating figures.
They went down the spice aisle," a rueful Barreiro exclaimed afterward, of Walter's choice to put some pricier items in the cart while she concentrated on staples such as beans, pasta and cereal.
And 7 December in Haiderbad a woman was the victim of those culprits, and I fell abet let down to say that they burn her and I rueful to say that it is not the only accident with women and instead of it the groan is not taking any action because of which they can privilege more than more and for this I request to the government to protect the women and give them their rights and airily eliminate this problem.
Inevitably he is drawn towards the light by the sound of children playing which leads to an adventure and a happy, if rueful, ending of sorts.
A RUEFUL Ronald Koeman admitted that Mauricio Pochettino won the tactical battle of wits at Goodison Park, where the Argentine's Tottenham Hotspur side beat Everton more convincingly than the 3-0 scoreline suggests.
And the common trait ought perhaps to inspire in us a few rueful thoughts on human nature and one of its peculiarities.
Well, as the vicar said to me after the fathers' race, 'those who are the first shall be the last and those who are last shall be the first" - a rueful Lord Chancellor Michael Gove after attending sports day at his son's school.
Rueful comedy from This Is 40's Judd Apatow, who's a better writer than director.