If you ever perceive a man setting up as a merchant or a manufacturer, or going into the cotton or tobacco trade, or any of those eccentric pursuits; or getting to be a drygoods dealer, or soap-boiler, or something of that kind; or pretending to be a lawyer, or a blacksmith, or a physician -- any thing out of the usual way -- you may set him down at once as a genius, and then, according to the rule-of-three, he's an ass.
I resolved to be off forthwith, and try and establish myself in some decent occupation, without dancing attendance any longer upon the caprices of these eccentric old people, and running the risk of being made a genius of in the end.
Well, so far there's nothing very eccentric
about old Nutcombe's proceedings.
Listen to my experience," said our eccentric
friend, "and, if you are a wise man, you will make up your mind as soon as you have heard me.
The General, I could see, was a trifle reassured by the fact that, though our progress was distinctly eccentric
in its nature, it was, at least, correct and orderly.
We made the discovery in consequence of his having, in his eccentric
way, an appointment with you at twelve o'clock at night, when you were to explain some writing to him as you had often done before on account of his not being able to read.
Grimwig, which that eccentric
gentleman cordially reciprocated.
There have been eccentric
inventors, starving their families while they sought such chimeras as perpetual motion.
Yet his zeal for certain studies was remarkable, and within eccentric
limits his knowledge was so extraordinarily ample and minute that his observations have fairly astounded me.
They had a delightful endless appetite for passages in my own history, to which I had again and again treated them; they were in possession of everything that had ever happened to me, had had, with every circumstance the story of my smallest adventures and of those of my brothers and sisters and of the cat and the dog at home, as well as many particulars of the eccentric
nature of my father, of the furniture and arrangement of our house, and of the conversation of the old women of our village.
In outer aspect, Pip and Dough-Boy made a match, like a black pony and a white one, of equal developments, though of dissimilar color, driven in one eccentric
If to live in this style is to be eccentric
, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity.