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  • Under the venerable Mr. Smallweed’s seat and guarded by his spindle legs is a drawer in his chair, reported to contain property to a fabulous amount.
  • He lived in a pretty house, formerly the parsonage house, with a lawn in front, a bright flower-garden at the side, and a wellstocked orchard and kitchen-garden in the rear, enclosed with a venerable wall that had of itself a ripened ruddy look.
  • Beside him is a spare cushion with which he is always provided in order that he may have something to throw at the venerable partner of his respected age whenever she makes an allusion to money—a subject on which he is particularly sensitive.
  • Mr. George then descries, in the procession, the venerable Mr. Smallweed out for an airing, attended by his granddaughter Judy as body-guard.
  • "You are so sprightly, Mr. George," returns the venerable grandfather.
  • My dear, merely to know the rights of the fatal accident which has happened to the venerable party who has been—combusted.
  • And they prepare to bear the venerable burden to the Sol’s Arms.
  • In such a very hard manner and with eyes so particularly green that Mr. Bagnet’s natural gravity is much deepened by the contemplation of that venerable man.
  • His closing exclamation is jerked out of the venerable gentleman by the suddenness with which Mr. Squod, like a genie, catches him up, chair and all, and deposits him on the hearth-stone.
  • A close observer might perhaps detect both in her eye and her brother’s, when their venerable grandsire anticipates his being gone, some little impatience to know when he may be going, and some resentful opinion that it is time he went.
  • Inside the coach, and consequently not so manifest to the multitude, though sufficiently so to the two friends, for the coach stops almost at their feet, are the venerable Mr. Smallweed and Mrs. Smallweed, accompanied by their granddaughter Judy.
  • I must either wrong my three dear girls or my venerable father, who is entirely dependent on me, in the Vale of Taunton; or some one.
  • In truth she is not a hard lady naturally, and the time has been when the sight of the venerable figure suing to her with such strong earnestness would have moved her to great compassion.
  • Mr. George, who has been looking first at one of them and then at the other, as if he were demented, takes his venerable acquaintance by the throat on receiving this request, and dragging him upright in his chair as easily as if he were a doll, appears in two minds whether or no to shake all future power of cushioning out of him and shake him into his grave.
  • The only use you can put him to," says the venerable sage.
  • "Why, of course you wanted to get in," Mr. Bucket asserts with cheerfulness; "but for a old gentleman at your time of life—what I call truly venerable, mind you!
  • Chick, out of the profundity of his artfulness, preferring "veal and ham and French beans—and don’t you forget the stuffing, Polly" (with an unearthly cock of his venerable eye), Mr. Guppy and Mr. Jobling give the like order.

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  • They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
  • Many were surprised that a venerable institution like Bear Stearns could so rapidly go out of business.

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