The Stryver clerk, who never assisted at these conferences, had gone home, and the Stryver principal opened the door.
It was a heavy mass of building, that chateau of Monsieur the Marquis, with a large stone courtyard before it, and two stone sweeps of staircase meeting in a stone terrace before the principal door.
But, perhaps the confidential bachelor clerks in Tellson’s Bank were principally occupied with the cares of other people; and perhaps second-hand cares, like second-hand clothes, come easily off and on.
Now, which of the multitude of faces that showed themselves before him was the true face of the buried person, the shadows of the night did not indicate; but they were all the faces of a man of five-andforty by years, and they differed principally in the passions they expressed, and in the ghastliness of their worn and wasted state.
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The principal idea is that decisions should be made by the people who are most knowledgeable about specific circumstances that impact the decision.
The singer was the principal performer; though the whole band was good.