"Do you take tea, or coffee, Mr. Gargery?" asked Herbert, who always presided of a morning.
Mr. Jaggers presided, Estella sat opposite to him, I faced my green and yellow friend.
On a certain occasion when the Finches were assembled in force, and when good feeling was being promoted in the usual manner by nobody’s agreeing with anybody else, the presiding Finch called the Grove to order, forasmuch as Mr. Drummle had not yet toasted a lady; which, according to the solemn constitution of the society, it was the brute’s turn to do that day.
Which side he was on I couldn’t make out, for he seemed to me to be grinding the whole place in a mill; I only know that when I stole out on tiptoe, he was not on the side of the bench; for, he was making the legs of the old gentleman who presided, quite convulsive under the table, by his denunciations of his conduct as the representative of British law and justice in that chair that day.
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She will preside over the meeting.
At a sign from the presiding judge, one of the court officers led her away,