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He attributes a concern for this distinct aesthetic quality to Saintsbury himself: "According to Mr Saintsbury there is more than just the quiet, unpretending usefulness of the bare sermo pedestris" (Essays 5) within the scope of order, precision, and directness.
its sphere is the small, unpretending one of women's duty--in the school, in the cottage, in the garret, in the hospital--but mainly at home," (9) Should women step out of their "appropriate sphere," Wiseman added, they would forfeit "rights" and lose "the respect of those who like to see every lady in her own place.
Had you seen her this morning, Mary', he continued, 'attending with such ineffable sweetness and patience, to all the demands of her aunt's stupidity, working with her, and for her, her colour beautifully heightened as she leant over the work, then returning to her seat to finish a note which she was previously engaged to write for that stupid woman's service, and all this with such unpretending gentleness [.
It will chagrin you to learn that this locomotive loadstone has on a seventy-five cent hat, of simple straw--dress of lawn, one shilling per yard--a twenty-five cent collar, and a shawl of the most unpretending price and fabric.
The historian William Hutton tells us that the Jews rented a house and garden in the Froggerty (now lost under New Street Station), took down an interior wall and constructed 'a rude and unpretending synagogue, while the garden was used as a place of burial.
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable.
few explanatory observations are so unobtrusive and unpretending, that they afford little room for remark.
He was remarkable for that unpretending modesty which courts no applause.
Yet they were very humble and unpretending dwellings.
With a cast of five, draperies for a set and props and costumes of unpretending chintziness, Songs has nothing to fall back on (at least for those unable to appreciate the Yiddish verse of Itsik Manger, which is the source of the lyrics) except the lilt of Rosalie Gerut's musical settings.
The foreign settlement on the north shore was, as John Thomson wrote in 1899,' about the least inviting place of the kind on the coast'; but on the top of a high hill projecting out into the bay from the south was "an unpretending but charming retreat' with a lovely beachfront and backed by a panorama of grassy slopes that reminded Thomson of the west coast of Scotland.