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an admirable Crichton

a person who excels in all kinds of studies and pursuits, or who is noted for supreme competence.
This expression originally referred to James Crichton of Clunie ( 1560–85 ?), a Scottish nobleman renowned for his intellectual and physical prowess. In J. M. Barrie 's play The Admirable Crichton ( 1902 ), the eponymous hero is a butler who takes charge when his master's family is shipwrecked on a desert island.
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Blandly himself found the HISPANIOLA, and by the most admirable management got her for the merest trifle.
Several had departure signals, and were preparing to put to sea at morning tide; for in this immense and admirable port there is not one day in a hundred that vessels do not set out for every quarter of the globe.
She is a very admirable young woman and you always liked her, but now suddenly you have got some notion or other in your head.
This I have since often known to have been taken with success, and do here freely recommend it to my countrymen for the public good, as an admirable specific against all diseases produced by repletion.
7] If the invasion of the legitimate sphere of prose in England by the spirit of poetry, weaker or stronger, has been something far deeper than is indicated by that tendency to write unconscious blank verse, which has made it feasible to transcribe about one-half of Dickens's otherwise so admirable Barnaby Rudge in blank-verse lines, a tendency (outdoing our old friend M.
In the principles of religion and morality, Miss Sedley will be found worthy of an establishment which has been honoured by the presence of THE GREAT LEXICOGRAPHER, and the patronage of the admirable Mrs.
Also, that in Henry VIIIth's time, a certain cook of the court obtained a handsome reward for inventing an admirable sauce to be eaten with barbacued porpoises, which, you remember, are a species of whale.
And now, after these admirable reflections, I am about to make such "art" as I can of another man's tragedy, as will appear in the next chapter.
Homer, admirable in all respects, has the special merit of being the only poet who rightly appreciates the part he should take himself.
And you felt sure that she was an admirable mother.
The left-hand scene presented the view of a very fine park, composed of very unequal ground, and agreeably varied with all the diversity that hills, lawns, wood, and water, laid out with admirable taste, but owing less to art than to nature, could give.
An admirable statement of the aims of the Library of Philosophy was provided by the first editor, the late Professor J.
We have just attempted to restore, for the reader's benefit, that admirable church of Notre-Dame de Paris.
She would never get anything done, if she suffered admirable Crichtons and universal geniuses.
Thus, I think, we can understand the presence of many existing and tertiary representative forms on the eastern and western shores of temperate North America; and the still more striking case of many closely allied crustaceans (as described in Dana's admirable work), of some fish and other marine animals, in the Mediterranean and in the seas of Japan,--areas now separated by a continent and by nearly a hemisphere of equatorial ocean.