On these occasions
the established after-dinner formula of question and answer between old Mazey and his master varied a little in one particular.
When we see a cat, we know it is a cat because of previous cats we have seen, but we do not, as a rule, recollect at the moment any particular occasion
when we have seen a cat.
Family festivals having been rare enough at our house, since my poor mistress's death, I own--on this occasion
of the wedding--to having
Let us take a view of the converse of the proposition: "the Senate would influence the Executive." As I have had occasion
to remark in several other instances, the indistinctness of the objection forbids a precise answer.
'Gentlemen,' said the cherub, inaudibly addressing, in his Anglo- Saxon tendency to throw his feelings into the form of a speech, the boys down below, who were bidding against each other to put their heads in the mud for sixpence: 'Gentlemen--and Bella and John-- you will readily suppose that it is not my intention to trouble you with many observations on the present occasion
. You will also at once infer the nature and even the terms of the toast I am about to propose on the present occasion
As we got more and more into debt breakfast became a hollower and hollower form, and, being on one occasion
at breakfast-time threatened (by letter) with legal proceedings, "not unwholly unconnected," as my local paper might put it, "with jewellery," I went so far as to seize the Avenger by his blue collar and shake him off his feet - so that he was actually in the air, like a booted Cupid - for presuming to suppose that we wanted a roll.
Unquestionably, such reverend persons, in such a society, must accommodate their manners and their morals to the community in which they live; and if they can occasionally obtain a degree of reverence for their supposed spiritual gifts, are, on most occasions
, loaded with unmerciful ridicule, as possessing a character inconsistent with all around them.
In the arrangement of the house for the great occasion
, many little reminders of the old travels of the father and mother and daughter had to be disturbed and passed from hand to hand; and sometimes, in the midst of these mute witnesses, to the life they had had together, even Pet herself would yield to lamenting and weeping.
And here, whenever I had occasion
to be absent from my chief seat, I took up my country habitation.
Thus he had been disappointed in five voyages; all, as I may call it, in one voyage, besides what I shall have occasion
to mention further of him.
You remember a certain famous occasion
when I was more drunk than-- than usual?"
So seldom do they ever exert themselves, that when they do work they seem determined that so meritorious an action shall not escape the observation of those around if, for example, they have occasion
to remove a stone to a little distance, which perhaps might be carried by two able-bodied men, a whole swarm gather about it, and, after a vast deal of palavering, lift it up among them, every one struggling to get hold of it, and bear it off yelling and panting as if accomplishing some mighty achievement.