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One or another of my people"-he looked obliquely at the director-general of public education-"would at once write a letter to the viceroy, and perhaps I should be deprived of that ruffle of drums.
Ruffle the smooth surface of your friend's self-esteem--and there will be an acknowledged coolness between you which will last for life.
Take care how you ruffle Miss Pink's sense of her own importance.
I am from Beaulieu Abbey, and I have no need to beg," said Alleyne, who was all of a tremble now that the ruffle was over.
Oh, how pretty it was--a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings; a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck.
Her elements were the blue ether, far above the raging storm, or the greater depths of ocean, which no storm could ruffle.
She raised her hand and adjusted the ruffle of lace at her neck, turning her head a little as she did so.
For five minutes Pollyanna worked swiftly, deftly, combing a refractory curl into fluffiness, perking up a drooping ruffle at the neck, or shaking a pillow into plumpness so that the head might have a better pose.
condition," Saxon answered, as she frilled a lace ruffle with a hot fluting-iron.
I constantly see old people flushed and excited by the prospect of some anticipated pleasure which altogether fails to ruffle the tranquillity of their serene grandchildren.
You will ruffle the temper of the child, with your abusive language," said the cautious trapper, "while the lad, if left to human feelings, will bring her down to the meekness of a fawn.
Unless I have done anything,' said Little Dorrit, rather alarmed, and meaning anything calculated to crack varnish and ruffle surface.