But then good society has its claret and its velvet carpets, its dinner-engagements six weeks deep, its opera and its faery ball-rooms; rides off its ennui on thoroughbred horses; lounges at the club; has to keep clear of crinoline vortices; gets its science done by Faraday, and its religion by the superior clergy who are to be met in the best houses,—how should it have time or need for belief and emphasis?
"Eh, that’s a pity; else there’s a pup,—if you didn’t mind about it not being thoroughbred; its mother acts in the Punch show,—an uncommon sensible bitch; she means more sense wi’ her bark nor half the chaps can put into their talk from breakfast to sundown.
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A feral hog, some hornets, and a prodigy led me through the woods so that I might stumble upon the first girl I ever kissed riding "TOC like he’s a thoroughbred next to the grave of an Austro-Hungarian Archduke.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
There would be burnished, stick-legged Thoroughbreds, their jockeys in billowing bright silks, careering past.