In the absorbing contemplation of the scarlet letter, I had hitherto neglected to examine a small roll of dingy
paper, around which it had been twisted.
These bare places were grown up with dingy
, yellow weeds, hiding innumerable tomato cans; innumerable children played upon them, chasing one another here and there, screaming and fighting.
Vanstone's two daughters (and two only surviving children) dashed into view on the dingy
old oaken stairs, with the suddenness of a flash of light; and clearing the last three steps into the hall at a jump, presented herself breathless in the breakfast-room to make the family circle complete.
When we had those meetings in the garden of the square, and sat within the dingy
summer-house, so happy, that I love the London sparrows to this hour, for nothing else, and see the plumage of the tropics in their smoky feathers
But she would mar his pleasure: she would go in her dingy
rags, with her faded face, once as handsome as the best, with her little child that had its father's hair and eyes, and disclose herself to the Squire as his eldest son's wife.
The gallery and pit were fairly full, but the two rows of dingy
stalls were quite empty, and there was hardly a person in what I suppose they called the dress-circle.
Giry, in her faded shawl, her worn shoes, her old taffeta dress and dingy
And when Bell stood in a dingy
workshop in Boston and heard the clang of a clock-spring come over an electric wire, who could have foreseen the massive structure of the Bell System, built up by half the telephones of the world, and by the investment of more actual capital than has gone to the making of any other industrial association?
Samson offered him one, as he knew a friend of his who had it would not refuse it to him, though it was more dingy
with rust and mildew than bright and clean like burnished steel.
As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy
street, a gin palace, a low French eating house, a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out, key in hand, to have a morning glass; and the next moment the fog settled down again upon that part, as brown as umber, and cut him off from his blackguardly surroundings.
To go to Colette's was to see life, indeed; it was wrong; it was against the laws; it partook, in a very dingy
manner, of adventure.
In short, the Fontanka is a saddening spot for a walk, for there is wet granite under one's feet, and tall, dingy
buildings on either side of one, and wet mist below and wet mist above.
The panelled wainscot is covered with dingy
paint, and acquires a duskier hue from the deep shadow into which the Province House is thrown by the brick block that shuts it in from Washington Street.
It is a large, dingy
room, with a sanded floor, and is lighted by windows that turn on hinges and have little diamond-shaped panes of glass.
There, graceful and still, like a bird ready to spread its wings, she waited till, at the opening of the gates, a tug or two would hurry in noisily, hovering round her with an air of fuss and solicitude, and take her out into the river, tending, shepherding her through open bridges, through dam-like gates between the flat pier-heads, with a bit of green lawn surrounded by gravel and a white signal-mast with yard and gaff, flying a couple of dingy
blue, red, or white flags.