'Socrates is ill' is the contrary of 'Socrates is well', but not even of such composite expressions is it true to say that one of the pair
must always be true and the other false.
And still there would be left enough for new stockings--two pairs
apiece--and what darning that would save for a while!
Samuel Weller happened to be at that moment engaged in burnishing a pair
of painted tops, the personal property of a farmer who was refreshing himself with a slight lunch of two or three pounds of cold beef and a pot or two of porter, after the fatigues of the Borough market; and to him the thin gentleman straightway advanced.
A sense of accomplished happiness now made the step of the young pair
lighter; they saw neither heaven, nor earth, nor houses; they flew, as it were, on wings to the church.
Ere long a carriage will dash past here, drawn by the pair
of dappled gray horses you saw me with yesterday; now, at the risk of your own life, you must manage to stop those horses before my door."
By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs
of tiny white kid gloves: she took up the fan and a pair
of the gloves, and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking- glass.
When the deacon had finished the prayer for the Imperial family, the priest turned to the bridal pair
with a book: "Eternal God, that joinest together in love them that were separate," he read in a gentle, piping voice: "who hast ordained the union of holy wedlock that cannot be set asunder, Thou who didst bless Isaac and Rebecca and their descendants, according to Thy Holy Covenant; bless Thy servants, Konstantin and Ekaterina, leading them in the path of all good works.
Then the pair
resumed their journey, and as evening closed in they saw coming towards them some ten men on horseback and four or five on foot.
Dissatisfied with the pacific aspect of a face which had no more than the faintest hint of flaxen eyebrow, together with a pair
of amiable blue-gray eyes and round pink cheeks that refused to look formidable, let him frown as he would before the looking-glass (Philip had once told him of a man who had a horseshoe frown, and Tom had tried with all his frowning might to make a horseshoe on his forehead), he had had recourse to that unfailing source of the terrible, burnt cork, and had made himself a pair
of black eyebrows that met in a satisfactory manner over his nose, and were matched by a less carefully adjusted blackness about the chin.
Lest anybody should feel a curiosity to know how Kit was clad, it may be briefly remarked that he wore no livery, but was dressed in a coat of pepper-and-salt with waistcoat of canary colour, and nether garments of iron-grey; besides these glories, he shone in the lustre of a new pair
of boots and an extremely stiff and shiny hat, which on being struck anywhere with the knuckles, sounded like a drum.
Rub as she could, she could make nothing more of it: she was in a little dark shop, leaning with her elbows on the counter, and opposite to her was an old Sheep, sitting in an arm-chair knitting, and every now and then leaving off to look at her through a great pair
The foolish pair
, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured day by day.
There was the flash of a red shirt vanishing in an adjacent doorway; the fading apparition of a pair
of high boots and blue overalls in another; the abrupt withdrawal of a curly blond head from a sashless window over the way.
"Just wait, that's all, an' you'll be fool enough to get married some day, like me, an' then you'll get yours--an' it'll be brats, an' brats, an' brats, an' no more dancin', an' silk stockin's, an' three pairs
of shoes at one time.
And there, in the focus of a million pairs
of convergent eyes, the Ambitious Person sat him down between the sun and moon and murmured sadly to his own soul: