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His words were brief and expressive, conveying all that was meant, and no more; no embellishments, no embroidery, no arabesques.
As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink they wanted music and dancing, which are the crowning embellishments of a banquet, so a servant brought a lyre to Phemius, whom they compelled perforce to sing to them.
We will add whatever is necessary in the way of amplification and embellishment.
The chisel had made three or four of these attempts at embellishment over his nose, but had given them up without an effort to smooth them off.
We have been hearing about your adventure, Tom, with a handsome lie added for embellishment.
Tellson's (they said) wanted no elbow-room, Tellson's wanted no light, Tellson's wanted no embellishment.
Those in whom the faculty of reason is predominant, and who most skillfully dispose their thoughts with a view to render them clear and intelligible, are always the best able to persuade others of the truth of what they lay down, though they should speak only in the language of Lower Brittany, and be wholly ignorant of the rules of rhetoric; and those whose minds are stored with the most agreeable fancies, and who can give expression to them with the greatest embellishment and harmony, are still the best poets, though unacquainted with the art of poetry.
Phidias was supposed to have stolen some public gold, with the connivance of Pericles, for the embellishment of the statue of Minerva.
Flickering, unquiet lights, are sometimes pleasing - to children and idiots always so - but in the embellishment of a room they should be scrupulously avoided.
From speaking of books in general, he passed to different books in particular, and proceeded by rapid transitions from topic to topic, till several matters, both of taste and opinion, had been discussed considerably within the space of half an hour, but without the embellishment of many observations from himself; he being evidently less bent upon communicating his own thoughts and predilections, than on discovering mine.
As the stupendous collection were yet concealed by cloths, lest the envious dust should injure their complexions, Nell bestirred herself to assist in the embellishment of the room, in which her grandfather also was of great service.
When you talked about notching ears and slitting noses I judged that that was your own embellishment, because white men don't take that sort of revenge.