And in his sable dress, and holding in his hand his white wand of office, this important personage made way through the miscellaneous assemblage
of guests, thus conducting Richard and Ivanhoe to the entrance of the tower.
Their numbers were small; their stations in life obscure; the object of their enterprise unostentatious; the theatre of their exploits remote; how could they possibly be favorites of worldly Fame--that common crier, whose existence is only known by the assemblage
of multitudes; that pander of wealth and greatness, so eager to haunt the palaces of fortune, and so fastidious to the houseless dignity of virtue; that parasite of pride, ever scornful to meekness, and ever obsequious to insolent power; that heedless trumpeter, whose ears are deaf to modest merit, and whose eyes are blind to bloodless, distant excellence?
It is a kind of assemblage
of societies that constitute a new one, capable of increasing, by means of new associations, till they arrive to such a degree of power as to be able to provide for the security of the united body.
What struck me as most remarkable about this assemblage
and the hall in which they were congregated was the fact that the creatures were entirely out of proportion to the desks, chairs, and other furnishings; these being of a size adapted to human beings such as I, whereas the great bulks of the Martians could scarcely have squeezed into the chairs, nor was there room beneath the desks for their long legs.
The approach of sunset was so very beautiful, so grand in its masses of splendidly coloured clouds, that there was quite an assemblage
on the walk along the cliff in the old churchyard to enjoy the beauty.
The day on which D'Artagnan presented himself the assemblage
was imposing, particularly for a provincial just arriving from his province.
Meanwhile he advanced through the assemblage
of guests under a battery of curious glances towards Madame de Morcerf, who, standing before a mantle-piece ornamented with flowers, had seen his entrance in a looking-glass placed opposite the door, and was prepared to receive him.
The street of Saint Honore, when the cardinal and his party passed through it, was crowded by an assemblage
who, standing in groups, discussed the edicts of that memorable day.
As they entered the door, they overheard the muttered sentiments of the assemblage
, and when the reviling voices of the little children smote Ilbrahim's ear, he wept.
A synod was convened; that is to say, an assemblage
of all the ministers in Massachusetts.
At the hour of sunset, as had long been his frequent custom, Ernest was to discourse to an assemblage
of the neighboring inhabitants in the open air.
At last, however, looking narrowly on the ground, he espied the innumerable assemblage
of Pygmies at his feet.