Nothing could be more diverting
than to hear Lena, who was almost as candid as Nature, call a leg a `limb' or a house a `home.
They had never, I think, wanted to do so many things for their poor protectress; I mean--though they got their lessons better and better, which was naturally what would please her most-- in the way of diverting
, entertaining, surprising her; reading her passages, telling her stories, acting her charades, pouncing out at her, in disguises, as animals and historical characters, and above all astonishing her by the "pieces" they had secretly got by heart and could interminably recite.
but supposing the invader of domestic bliss to betake himself away at the first rush of the harem's lord, then is it very diverting
to watch that lord.
This was a great event to the latter--the daily review of the new arrivals, all stark naked, and many and diverting
were the comments.
In the hope of diverting
her father's thoughts from the disagreeableness of Mr.
Heathcliff leaning over the fire, diverting
herself with burning a bundle of matches which had fallen from the chimney-piece as she restored the tea-canister to its place.
I had no idea how he employed his time in the interval, beyond a general knowledge that he was very popular in the place, and had twenty means of actively diverting
himself where another man might not have found one.
The general tone of the story belongs to all ranks and all countries, which emulate each other in describing the rambles of a disguised sovereign, who, going in search of information or amusement, into the lower ranks of life, meets with adventures diverting
to the reader or hearer, from the contrast betwixt the monarch's outward appearance, and his real character.
Two days after this adventure, the emperor, having ordered that part of his army which quarters in and about his metropolis, to be in readiness, took a fancy of diverting
himself in a very singular manner.
Taught by experience that proper dependence could not be placed on the success of requisitions, unable by its own authority to lay hold of fresh resources, and urged by considerations of national danger, would it not be driven to the expedient of diverting
the funds already appropriated from their proper objects to the defense of the State?
The Epic has here an advantage, and one that conduces to grandeur of effect, to diverting
the mind of the hearer, and relieving the story with varying episodes.
The duke saw that he had not controlled himself as he ought, but at that moment, as if he had listened at the door and comprehended the urgent need of diverting
La Ramee's ideas, Grimaud entered and made a sign to La Ramee that he had something to say to him.
It was part of the spoils which he had taken when he sacked the city of Eetion, and he was now diverting
himself with it and singing the feats of heroes.
After undergoing this scrutiny till I grew absolutely nervous, with a view of diverting
it if possible, and conciliating the good opinion of the warrior, I took some tobacco from the bosom of my frock and offered it to him.
and with an eagerness and embarrassment quite diverting
to her companion, she laid down the necklace again on its cotton, and seemed resolved either to take another or none at all.