’Would you do me the favour to look at a few specimens of my portrait painting?’
’If it be flattery to admire your charms and accomplishments,’ rejoined Nicholas, laying his hand upon the scrapbook, ’you have better specimens of it here.’
The walls were ornamented with the choicest specimens of French paper, enriched with a gilded cornice of elegant design.
What do you think of him, sir, for a specimen of the Dotheboys Hall feeding?
’Fine women, sir!’ replied the collector; ’ay! not so fine as Henrietta Petowker, for she is an uncommon specimen, but such women as don’t fall into every man’s way, I can tell you.
There were two persons present, however, who, as peculiarly good specimens of a class, deserve a passing notice.
Such was the posture of affairs when Mr Mantalini hurried in; and as that distinguished specimen had had a pretty extensive intercourse with Mr Scaley’s fraternity in his bachelor days, and was, besides, very far from being taken by surprise on the present agitating occasion, he merely shrugged his shoulders, thrust his hands down to the bottom of his pockets, elevated his eyebrows, whistled a bar or two, swore an oath or two, and, sitting astride upon a chair, put the best face uponů