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The driver was evidently discomposed by the lateness of my arrival.
His body, notwithstanding the lateness of the season, was nearly naked, and the portion which was clad bore a vestment no warmer than a light robe of the finest dressed deer-skin, beautifully stained with the rude design of some daring exploit, and which was carelessly worn, as if more in pride than from any unmanly regard to comfort.
Now, Nell had still the piece of gold sewn in her dress; and when she came to consider the lateness of the hour, and the somnolent habits of Mrs Jarley, and to imagine the state of consternation in which they would certainly throw that good lady by knocking her up in the middle of the night--and when she reflected, on the other hand, that if they remained where they were, and rose early in the morning, they might get back before she awoke, and could plead the violence of the storm by which they had been overtaken, as a good apology for their absence--she decided, after a great deal of hesitation, to remain.
I empathise with the woman who wrote in about her friend's continual lateness (Dear Coleen, November 13).
She believes that if your friends know what you're like they will accept your lateness (funnily enough she is never late to check in at an airport).
Chronic lateness, on the other hand, is different, and for small-business owners, staff coming in late can have significant time and cost implications.
When the kids grow up, they'll find out that lateness won't be tolerated by employers.
Meanwhile, I had just finished an eight-hour festival of lateness that had eliminated my own hopes for a productive day.
Lateness is particularly irritating to 55-64 year olds in the East of England.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Ares Abdullah attributed the delay of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to announce its candidate for the presidency of the Republic, to the lateness of the National Alliance in its candidate for prime minister.
Hundreds of Barnsley fans were aggrieved at the lateness of the decision by referee Iain Williamson to postpone, but the ref was adamant that he had no option.
Lateness was severely punished, an hour's pay deducted; an hour late and you could be despatched home for the day with no pay.