Even had there been a disposition to turn the matter into ridicule
, it must have been repressed and overpowered by the solemn presence of men no less dignified than the governor, and several of his counsellors, a judge, a general, and the ministers of the town, all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting-house, looking down upon the platform.
His peevish reproofs wakened in her a naughty delight to provoke him: she was never so happy as when we were all scolding her at once, and she defying us with her bold, saucy look, and her ready words; turning Joseph's religious curses into ridicule
, baiting me, and doing just what her father hated most - showing how her pretended insolence, which he thought real, had more power over Heathcliff than his kindness: how the boy would do HER bidding in anything, and HIS only when it suited his own inclination.
I can't sit by, sir, and hear them turned into ridicule
Thus Cedric, who dried his hands with a towel, instead of suffering the moisture to exhale by waving them gracefully in the air, incurred more ridicule
than his companion Athelstane, when he swallowed to his own single share the whole of a large pasty composed of the most exquisite foreign delicacies, and termed at that time a Karum-Pie.
For Agatha, prompt to ridicule
sentimentality in her companions, and gifted with an infectious spirit of farce, secretly turned for imaginative luxury to visions of despair and death; and often endured the mortification of the successful clown who believes, whilst the public roar with laughter at him, that he was born a tragedian.
Poor Bell, instead of being applauded, was pelted with a hailstorm of ridicule
Don Quixote, then, seeing that Sancho was turning him into ridicule
, was so mortified and vexed that he lifted up his pike and smote him two such blows that if, instead of catching them on his shoulders, he had caught them on his head there would have been no wages to pay, unless indeed to his heirs.
The men from the open lists shot fairly true, but nervousness and fear of ridicule
wrought their undoing.
No man will subject himself to the ridicule
of pretending that any natural connection subsists between the sun or the seasons, and the period within which human virtue can bear the temptations of power.
Moreover, he feared the ridicule
the world would cast upon the love of a young man of twenty-three for an old maid of forty.
Since we had entered the territory we had not seen a hostile Indian, and we had, therefore, become careless in the extreme, and were wont to ridicule
the stories we had heard of the great numbers of these vicious marauders that were supposed to haunt the trails, taking their toll in lives and torture of every white party which fell into their merciless clutches.
The Journalist too, would not believe at any price, and joined the Editor in the easy work of heaping ridicule
on the whole thing.