In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat
repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
"The parlor is tiny and neat
. Its one window is so shaded by a huge willow that the room has a grotto-like effect of emerald gloom.
"Monsieur Fred, these neat
footprints seem to have been made since the discovery of the crime."
"It's all very well to be neat
and tidy," said Sara Ray, "but I like a little style too."
Everywhere are walls, walls, walls, and all of them tasteful and handsome--and eternally substantial; and everywhere are those marvelous pavements, so neat
, so smooth, and so indestructible.
For, sure enough, when she looked at the dishes they had a moment before left upon the table, she found them all washed and dried and piled up into neat
I went round visiting in the neat
brougham--with a stethoscope and medical review in the front-pocket, with Doctor Softly by my side, keeping his face well in view at the window--to canvass for patients, in the character of my father's hopeful successor.
I'll expect you to keep them neat
and clean and not to tear them.
The next day Sarah showed Schulenberg a neat
card on which the menu was beautifully typewritten with the viands temptingly marshalled under their right and proper heads from "hors d'oeuvre" to "not responsible for overcoats and umbrellas."
She went, with her neat
figure and her sober womanly step, down the dark street, and he stood looking after her until she turned into one of the small houses.
He held a small lance in his hand, and was dressed in a silk robe, with a turban on his head, to which were fastened some rings of very neat
workmanship, which fell down upon his forehead.
He looked at the workmanship; there was not one false stitch in the whole job; all was so neat
and true, that it was quite a masterpiece.