"He shall amuse us with
his tricks tomorrow," said the Princess.
Sometimes our mother would amuse us with
stories and anecdotes of her younger days, which, while they entertained us amazingly, frequently awoke--in ME, at least--a secret wish to see a little more of the world.
Now these people never pull funny faces or do silly walks, rarely tell jokes and are not captivating raconteurs, in fact they say and do surprisingly little - but they possess the ability to amuse us with
mesmeric precision, the sort of people you enjoy sharing a drink with or sitting next to on a long flight or train journey.
The result is that we have large numbers of employees who are working, but not producing; they can, however, amuse us with
the knowledge they have (but don't even know how to apply).
For pity's sake, woman, this is the entire problem with shows featuring celebs trying their hand at something else - at least some (if not all) of them should amuse us with
Sometimes he may amuse us with
his bumbling manners.
The dancers' dedication to Hay's process radiates through their moving bodies; they surprise and amuse us with
the profound simplicity and directness of their actions.
Men in tights waving swords and shouting in incomprehensible iambic pentameter has never done much for me and, as for his "comic" scenes, a bunch of smock-wearing yokels hoping to amuse us with
16th-century puns about root vegetables proves that, while great tragedy may be eternal, all comedy has a sell-by date.
And so the year was evoked month by month, and according to the season we had mystery tales, comic exchanges between dotty yokels, all of it given by a quintet of splendid readers who left no stone unturned in order to amuse us with
material from writers as diverse as Laurie Lee, Noel Coward and John Arlott (obviously summer and cricket at Worcester), the Brontes and Flanders and Swann.
Outside, it's sunny, the funny street artists amuse us with
their wacky ways, we laugh at the ingenuity and wit written on the fly-posters we are handed, we roll into Late & Live, we get some gigs there, which is only for those and such as those, and we are rubbing shoulders with, rather than glimpsing at, Shuttleworth, Bailey and the rest.
They amuse us with
their infidelities, adulteries and sordid personal lives.