In this progress I was much annoyed by the abject Pumblechook, who, being behind me, persisted all the way as a delicate attention in arranging my streaming hatband, and smoothing my cloak.
When Herbert came, we went and had lunch at a celebrated house which I then quite venerated, but now believe to have been the most abject superstition in Europe, and where I could not help noticing, even then, that there was much more gravy on the tablecloths and knives and waiters’ clothes, than in the steaks.
That abject hypocrite, Pumblechook, nodded again, and said, with a patronizing laugh, "It’s more than that, Mum.
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She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.