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  • Generations of capering fools in motley have won me the right to dress badly and say any damn thing that comes into my head.†   (source)
  • They were a motley bunch.†   (source)
  • If I told him something funny that happened at school, he was an attentive and appreciative audience; unlike Mrs. Swanson (who froze and looked startled when I made a joke) or Dave (who chuckled, but awkwardly, and always a beat too late), he liked to laugh, and I loved it when he told me stories of his own life: raucous late-marrying uncles and busybody nuns of his childhood, the third-rate boarding school on the Canadian border where his teachers had all been drunks, the big house upstate that his father kept so cold there was ice on the inside of the windows, gray December afternoons reading Tacitus or Motley's Rise of the Dutch Republic.†   (source)
  • By the end of eighth grade, 84 percent of the students are performing at or above their grade level, which is to say that this motley group of randomly chosen lower-income kids from dingy apartments in one of the country's worst neighborhoods, whose parents, in an overwhelming number of cases, never set foot in a college, do as well in mathematics as the privileged eighth graders of American's wealthy suburbs.†   (source)
  • The male was dressed in motley and grinning rabidly, holding a cane or a stick.†   (source)
  • They were a motley assortment of all ages from all over the world.†   (source)
  • Wearing his green and grey jester's motley, Trip could say just about anything and get away with it.†   (source)
  • They were a motley crew of girls and boys, ragged, with wild hairdos and unkempt jackets, hooting and making noise, and only when they were almost upon me did I recognize the faces of my elder siblings and my little sister Kathy who trailed behind them.†   (source)
  • Built in the 1940s and '50s and initially populated by snowbirds and retirees, it began to take on a gritty edge as the original homeowners died off and were replaced by a motley group of renters and working-class families.†   (source)
  • The magistrate, however, had seen quite the parade of motley life from his perch in court and merely wondered if he might not treat himself to a little fried mutton along with his usual wedge of brie and bottle of bordeaux at his favorite cafe, Le Chien Dyspeptique.†   (source)
  • They say it was a pretty motley assembly.†   (source)
  • It was clear that this motley, disorganized horde—more than forty vampires altogether—was the Volturi's own kind of witness.†   (source)
  • He plucked the book out of her hand and read out loud: "The world still teems with those motley beings whom a more sober philosophy has discarded.†   (source)
  • She was so impressed by his enormous motley nakedness that she felt an impulse to retreat.†   (source)
  • Finally, realizing that I was stretching the bounds of propriety, I rose to my feet and addressed the motley assemblage.†   (source)
  • A couple of miles farther, the glacier made a sharp turn to the east, we plodded to the crest of a long slope, and spread before us was a motley city of nylon domes.†   (source)
  • the cheeky, grinning chipmunk was saying); there was the whole motley Sesame Street crew on a third: Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Oscar, Grover.†   (source)
  • They were a motley group: the conservative frat guy types in tuxedos and their dates in fancy prom dresses, the new hippies in Indian paisleys, jeans and sneakers, and maybe for flare, an incongruous bow tie.†   (source)
  • They were a motley assortment.†   (source)
  • A pact was made, and to the beat of songs like "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Clue and "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, the teammates pumped iron in the weight room, ran the bleachers and did wind sprints, and cranked out push-ups, sit-ups, and leg lifts.†   (source)
  • The shout of the motley boys comes banging off the deep concrete.†   (source)
  • As they approached, the very air before them seemed to shimmer as though a great, noxious heat was emanating from the motley host.†   (source)
  • She sat on the sofa in a passive, phlegmatic stupor, her mouth open and all her clothing crumpled in a corner on the floor, and wondered how much longer they would sit around naked with her and make her say uncle in the elegant hotel suite to which Orr's old girl friend, giggling uncontrollably at Yossarian's and Dunbar's drunken antics, guided Nately and the other members of the motley rescue party.†   (source)
  • The plain English is, gentlemen, [it was] most probably a motley rabble of saucy boys, Negroes and mulattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jacktars.†   (source)
  • Motley collections of stray animals have always populated racetracks, and being the social creatures they are, horses usually befriend them.†   (source)
  • Those in attendance were a motley crew if the bags under their eyes and their wrinkled shirts were any indicator.†   (source)
  • Leonardo's motley team had taken over an entire wing with their mania.†   (source)
  • And yet the motley assortment of men and trolls roared away down the left tunnel.†   (source)
  • Excited gasps trickle through our motley crew of girls.†   (source)
  • A motley and dispirited group of Confederate prisoners is marching down the street as he saddles up.†   (source)
  • He separated from the group and rode to Lee's tent and the motley bright cloud remained respectfully distant.†   (source)
  • Also called the motley, yellow cat, or shovelhead, the flathead catfish is aggressively predacious and known for eating everything in sight.†   (source)
  • From obscure philatelic journals furnished her by Genghis Cohen, an ambiguous footnote in Motleys Rise of the Dutch Republic, an 80-year-old pamphlet on the roots of modern anarchism, a book of sermons by Blobb's brother Augustine also among Bortz's Wharfingeriana, along with Blobb's original clues, Oedipa was able to fit together this account of how the organization began: In 1577, the northern provinces of the Low Countries, led by the Protestant noble William of Orange, had been struggling nine years for independence from Catholic Spain and a Catholic Holy Roman Emperor.†   (source)
  • Doubtless because of her proficiency in other tongues, Sophie was far and away the prize student among this motley of striving scholars, a polyglot group but mainly Yiddish-speaking refugees from all the destroyed corners of Europe; her excellence had no doubt attracted Mr. Youngstein to her, although Sophie was hardly so lacking in self-awareness as to be unmindful of the fact that her simple physical presence might have worked upon the young man its plainly troubling effect.†   (source)
  • Around them the glittering silica stones of the rock-garden, crawling with the dry motley-colored Venus plants.†   (source)
  • She examined the lace of the woman's dress, the male's motley.†   (source)
  • I had thought you were the one made for motley, Tyrion, but it would appear that I was wrong.†   (source)
  • Go ran a finger across the male's motley uniform.†   (source)
  • Wear motley and stand upon your head to amuse the spice lords and the cheese kings.†   (source)
  • Turning, he saw a motley troop of youths hurrying toward him along the cliffs edge from the north.†   (source)
  • He was clad in rags and dirt, as near as I could tell, but under the dirt was motley.†   (source)
  • Patchface sprawled half on top of him, motley fool's face pressed close to his own.†   (source)
  • A motley assortment of creatures followed in a strange procession behind them.†   (source)
  • He was garbed in motley, but so faded and stained that it showed more brown than grey or pink.†   (source)
  • Haldon donned a hooded cloak, and Tyrion shed his homemade motley for something drab and grey.†   (source)
  • Torches began to part as the motley assemblage formed a corridor in their center.†   (source)
  • Moon Boy and Ser Dontos wore new suits of motley, clean as a spring morning.†   (source)
  • Shall I have them sew you a suit of motley, and a little hat with bells on it?†   (source)
  • At Eastwatch someone had sewn him a motley cloak of beaver pelts, sheepskins, and rabbit fur.†   (source)
  • Maggy the Frog should have been in motley too, for all she knew about the morrow.†   (source)
  • All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than ones with crowns.†   (source)
  • You ought to dress him in motley and make him clown for you.†   (source)
  • You can sleep with Moon Boy and dress in motley.†   (source)
  • On her decks a motley crew of mutes and mongrels spoke no word as the Iron Victory drew nigh.†   (source)
  • She saw Dontos in his fool's motley, looking at her with big round eyes.†   (source)
  • In the viper's pit that was Meereen, honor seemed as silly as a fool's motley.†   (source)
  • A wine stain discolored the red-and-yellow motley of his tunic.†   (source)
  • The outfit reminded me of ajester's motley, or the coloration of a venomous animal warning the whole world: Try me and you die.†   (source)
  • Many of them did not even know why they werefighting in the midst of that motley crowd, whose differences of values were on the verge of causing an internal explosion, one gloomy authority stood out: General Te6filo Vargas.†   (source)
  • The king's own fool, the pie-faced simpleton called Moon Boy, danced about on stilts, all in motley, making mock of everyone with such deft cruelty that Sansa wondered if he was simple after all.†   (source)
  • He asked the dead from Riohacha about him, the dead who came from the Upar Valley, those who came from the swamp, and no one could tell him because Macondo was a town that was unknown to the dead until Melquiades arrived and marked it with a small black dot on the motley maps of death.†   (source)
  • When Aureliano first met him he had two boxes of those motley pages that in some way made one think of Melquiades' parchments, and from that time until he left he had filled a third one, so it was reasonable to believe that he had done nothing else during his stay in Macondo.†   (source)
  • A wooden platform had been built to elevate Robert's chair; there the Lord of the Eyrie sat, giggling and clapping his hands as a humpbacked puppeteer in blue-and-white motley made two wooden knights hack and slash at each other.†   (source)
  • They ranged in age from sixteen to sixty and were carrying a motley collection of muskets and swords and pistols.†   (source)
  • You mean ...the sort in motley?†   (source)
  • A lovely woman reclined on a low couch surrounded by what must have been her courtiers—a motley assortment of faeries, from tiny sprites to what looked like lovely human girls with long hair ....if you discounted their black, pupil-less eyes.†   (source)
  • When the whole company was gathered before his tent, Eragon explained to the motley group of men, dwarves, and Urgals why he and Saphira were leaving, although he was purposefully vague about the details and he kept their destination a secret.†   (source)
  • Max held Nick and stood close to his father, looking out at the motley, inquisitive faces of the fishermen who eyed them curiously as they sipped from steel thermoses in the pre-dawn chill.†   (source)
  • She was a teacher of deportment and civics in the public schools, and she lived on her salary in a rented flat in the motley Sweethearts' Mews in the old Gethsemane District.†   (source)
  • They were a motley bunch, ranging from the blond, blue-eyed Viking look to smaller, olive-complected men and women to black people, but all with shaved heads.†   (source)
  • As Max peered out the doorway, he saw the motley herd bolt from one end of the fenced enclosure to the other.†   (source)
  • We're a motley band—factory girls in their new finery, Bessie holding fast to a long stick, Pippa in her queenly cape, Ann and I in our nightgowns, and Fee with a layer of chain mail over hers, sword at the ready.†   (source)
  • At the rear of the grotesque procession trudged a comet's tail of inhabitants from Dras-Leona: nobles, merchants, tradesmen, several high-ranking military commanders, and a motley collection of those less fortunate, such as laborers, beggars, and common foot soldiers.†   (source)
  • The conflict averted, Max called over Sarah, Rolf, and the Second Years while Ajax introduced him to the rest of his motley troop.†   (source)
  • Then she became alarmed because a commuter railroad that ran along the south shore of Lake Michigan — from South Bend to Chicago — was about to shut down, so she gathered together a motley collection of railway enthusiasts, environmentalists, and commuters and founded South Shore Recreation, and saved the railroad.†   (source)
  • As before, lesser demons accompanied him, a motley entourage that trailed dutifully behind their lord.†   (source)
  • From there, she went to work for a public interest law firm called BPI, and while at BPI she became obsessed with the fact that Chicago's parks were crumbling and neglected, so she gathered together a motley collection of nature lovers, historians, civic activists, and housewives and founded a lobbying group called Friends of the Parks.†   (source)
  • They wore a motley array of garments: baggy trousers, long chain-mail shirts, and what might have been bearskins and goatskins draped down from their massive shoulders and cinched at the waist with wide leather belts.†   (source)
  • It was a group so motley and unexpected that Max's suspicions returned, and again he thought he must be dreaming.†   (source)
  • Urswyck shoved him in the back, and a jester in green and pink motley kicked his legs out from under him.†   (source)
  • Did Dontos Hollard wear motley?†   (source)
  • She did not trouble to name her fool, but the cowbells on his antlered hat and the motley tattooed across his puffy cheeks made him hard to overlook.†   (source)
  • "We all should be in motley tonight," he said gloomily as Cressen seated himself, "for this is fool's business we're about.†   (source)
  • Septa Lemore had slit each garment apart, then sewn them back together, joining half of this to half of that to fashion a crude motley.†   (source)
  • The Lannister woman gave him horns and made a motley fool of him She may have murdered him as well, as she murdered Jon Arryn and Ned Stark.†   (source)
  • Put on a suit of iron motley, like Florian the—" The blow the big knight gave him cracked his head around and knocked him sideways, so hard that his head bounced off the deck.†   (source)
  • Shagwell the Fool somersaulted to the foot of the steps in his grey and pink motley and began to sing.†   (source)
  • It was the fashion in the Free City of Volantis to tattoo the faces of slaves and servants; from neck to scalp the boy's skin had been patterned in squares of red and green motley.†   (source)
  • You deserve that motley, then.†   (source)
  • If he crept back to Winterfell empty-handed, he might as well dress in motley henceforth and wear a pointed hat; the whole north would know him for a fool.†   (source)
  • Their banners flared and flapped, a pageant of color: red ox and golden mountain, purple unicorn and bantam rooster, ' brindled boar and badger, a silver ferret and a juggler in motley, stars and sunbursts, peacock and panther, chevron and dagger, black hood and blue beetle and green arrow.†   (source)
  • Dough-soft and slump-shouldered, his broad face tattooed in a motley pattern of red and green squares, Patchface wore a helm made of a rack of deer antlers strapped to a tin bucket.†   (source)
  • Beneath the standard of a black goat with bloody horns rode copper men with bells in their braids; lancers astride striped black-and-white horses; bowmen with powdered cheeks; squat hairy men with shaggy shields; brown-skinned men in feathered cloaks; a wispy fool in green-and-pink motley; swordsmen with fantastic forked beards dyed green and purple and silver; spearmen with colored scars that covered their cheeks; a slender man in septon's robes, a fatherly one in maester's grey, and a sickly one whose leather cloak was fringed with long blond hair.†   (source)
  • Oh, no, she wouldn't go away, for she's the wife of a man the Motleys have, their coachman.†   (source)
  • "He wouldn't have sold," she said, "the Motleys won't sell a servant."†   (source)
  • The set with which she was now moving was a motley crew.†   (source)
  • A variegated pallor, but pallor always, a motley fear, but fear.†   (source)
  • Scarlett, though filled with the universal Southern desire to believe only the pleasantest and most reassuring things about the progress of the fighting, felt cold as she watched the motley ranks go by.†   (source)
  • Tom fishes in his pockets for his door key, removing a motley assortment of articles in the search, including a shower of movie ticket stubs and an empty bottle.†   (source)
  • The great ships, with their motley jagged patches of deception, waited in the stream: they slid in and out in unending squadrons.†   (source)
  • All day the guttural, the high-pitched voices, the astonished cries, the gasps of wonder, reiterations of gladness had risen from her decks in a motley billow of sound.†   (source)
  • Then Cass said, "If you had spoken to me I would have bought the man from Mr. Motley and set him free, too."†   (source)
  • Empty and nerveless, he opened his eyes; the rough-walled familiar houses, the leaning fences, the motley washing, wash-poles, sunlight, the cramped and cluttered patch of blue above him were good.†   (source)
  • The motley company had increased to ten.†   (source)
  • Once through the motley crowd of loungers, she saw an old gray stage-coach and four lean horses.†   (source)
  • A motley assemblage with what seemed craned necks and intent backs!†   (source)
  • POET
    Speak not to me of yonder motley masses,
    Whom but to see, puts out the fire of Song!†   (source)
  • Have you seen a motley crowd making a disturbance?†   (source)
  • Nothing could be more bizarre and at the same time more motley than this troop.†   (source)
  • Here then is a motley multitude, whose intellectual wants are to be supplied.†   (source)
  • Far as my eye could reach, it rested on a motley crowd of soldiers.†   (source)
  • Ishmael awaited long and patiently for the motley train of Hard-Heart to disappear.†   (source)
    But see, what motley flames among the heather!†   (source)
  • It was to the leaders of this motley army that the letter of the Templar was now delivered.†   (source)
  • The doctor will come up to us too for the last time there, my friend in motley.†   (source)
  • Motley red and yellow, like a Caudebec apple?†   (source)
  • Then they made him seat himself on a motley litter.†   (source)
  • There he was before me, in motley, as though he had absconded from a troupe of mimes, enthusiastic, fabulous.†   (source)
  • It was a motley assemblage.†   (source)
  • ... CYRANO: Come all—the Doctor, Isabel, Leander, Come, for you shall add, in a motley swarm, The farce Italian to this Spanish drama!†   (source)
  • And he was not mistaken in assuming that the members of his motley circle of friends would at least get used to not getting used to one another.†   (source)
  • At each spontaneous tribute rendered by the wayfarers to this black pagod of a fellow—the tribute of a pause and stare, and less frequent an exclamation,—the motley retinue showed that they took that sort of pride in the evoker of it which the Assyrian priests doubtless showed for their grand sculptured Bull when the faithful prostrated themselves.†   (source)
  • It was a motley mixture.†   (source)
  • The banquet, though riotous, had been agreeable, and now the blessings of leisure—unknown to the West, which either works or idles—descended on the motley company.†   (source)
  • He looked back at himself along the vista of his past years, and his thought was akin to Heine's: Above the youth's inspired and flashing eyes I see the motley mocking fool's-cap rise!†   (source)
  • So they journeyed into town, up the dusty motley-crowded street, rubbing elbows with Indians, soldiers, hunters, scouts, teamsters, men who bore the stamp of evil life upon their lean faces, and women with the eyes of hawks.†   (source)
  • I found Florence some days before, reading books like Ranke's History of the Popes, Symonds' Renaissance, Motley's Rise of the Dutch Republic and Luther's Table Talk.†   (source)
  • On that wall hung the motliest assortment of things Carley had ever seen—utensils, sheep and cow hides, saddles, harness, leather clothes, ropes, old sombreros, shovels, stove pipe, and many other articles for which she could find no name.†   (source)
  • But it was not a camp which she was entering; it was a tent-walled town, a city of squat log cabins, a long, motley, checkered jumble of structures thrown up and together in mad haste.†   (source)
  • Seated among the Germans and Swiss were bearded, elegant Russians, looking barbarically rich, and Dutchmen with traces of Malayan blood— all intermixed with a sprinkling of indeterminate sorts who spoke French and came from the Balkans or the Levant, a motley set of adventurers for whom Hans Castorp had a certain weakness but whom Joachim spurned as dubious and lacking in character.†   (source)
  • Once she had seen a band of nomad robbers in the Sahara, and somehow was reminded of them by this motley outlaw troop.†   (source)
  • Then the driver cracked his whip; the stage lurched and began to roll; the motley crowd was left behind.†   (source)
  • A motley, dark, shirt-sleeved, booted, and belted crowd of men appeared hunched against the opposite wall, with pale, set faces, turned to the bar.†   (source)
  • But yonder, quite at the end, what is that sort of trestle work with four motley puppets upon it, and more below?†   (source)
  • They formed a motley and heterogeneous admixture;—some petulant animosity, which was not yet hatred, some esteem, more respect, much fear, with a world of uneasy curiosity.†   (source)
  • O brother wearers of motley!†   (source)
  • The room was soon filled with a motley assemblage, from the old gray-headed patriarch of eighty, to the young girl and lad of fifteen.†   (source)
  • One party playing requires another to find a given word—the name of town, river, state or empire—any word, in short, upon the motley and perplexed surface of the chart.†   (source)
  • For though the harpooneers, with the great body of the crew, were a far more barbaric, heathenish, and motley set than any of the tame merchant-ship companies which my previous experiences had made me acquainted with, still I ascribed this—and rightly ascribed it—to the fierce uniqueness of the very nature of that wild Scandinavian vocation in which I had so abandonedly embarked.†   (source)
  • In the private rooms of restaurants, where one sups after midnight by the light of wax candles, laughed the motley crowd of men of letters and actresses.†   (source)
  • Passepartout wandered for several hours in the midst of this motley crowd, looking in at the windows of the rich and curious shops, the jewellery establishments glittering with quaint Japanese ornaments, the restaurants decked with streamers and banners, the tea-houses, where the odorous beverage was being drunk with saki, a liquor concocted from the fermentation of rice, and the comfortable smoking-houses, where they were puffing, not opium, which is almost unknown in Japan, but a very fine, stringy tobacco.†   (source)
  • There was, however, a singular and wild display of prodigal and ill judged ornaments, blended with his motley attire.†   (source)
  • Turning from the Pharisee, we are attracted by some parties who, as subjects of study, opportunely separate themselves from the motley crowd.†   (source)
  • That motley drama!†   (source)
  • "Jo" on the next lid, scratched and worn,
    And within a motley store
    Of headless dolls, of schoolbooks torn,
    Birds and beasts that speak no more,
    Spoils brought home from the fairy ground
    Only trod by youthful feet,
    Dreams of a future never found,
    Memories of a past still sweet,
    Half-writ poems, stories wild,
    April letters, warm and cold,
    Diaries of a wilful child,
    Hints of a woman early old,
    A woman in a lonely home,
    Hearing, like a sad refrain—
    "Be worthy, love, and love will come,"
    In the falling summer rain.†   (source)
  • The whole were attired in such motley, ill-assorted, extraordinary garments, as would have been irresistibly ridiculous, but for the foul appearance of dirt, disorder, and disease, with which they were associated.†   (source)
  • On one small table tea things and supper dishes stood in disorder, and in the middle of the night a motley throng of people sat there, not merrymaking, but somberly whispering, and betraying by every word and movement that they none of them forgot what was happening and what was about to happen in the bedroom.†   (source)
  • The response came with such a thundergust from the motley crew that the crazy building vibrated to the sound.†   (source)
  • Before we had accomplished one quarter of the distance, we heard the thundering tread of many feet galloping down the avenue, and presently espied our motley troop of steeds being driven furiously towards us.†   (source)
  • "Amen!" answered the Jester; "a broadcloth penitent should have a sackcloth confessor, and your frock may absolve my motley doublet into the bargain."†   (source)
  • We have made our readers acquainted with some variety in character and nations, in introducing the most important personages of this legend to their notice; but, in order to establish the fidelity of our narrative, we shall briefly attempt to explain the reason why we have been obliged to present so motley a dramatis personae.†   (source)
  • It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his "natural superiors," and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous "cash payment."†   (source)
  • New political institutions and new social elements then bring to the same places of resort, and frequently compel to live in common, men whose education and habits are still amazingly dissimilar, and this renders the motley composition of society peculiarly visible.†   (source)
  • The attention so recently strained on one object of interest, was now divided among a hundred; and look where you would, there was a motley assemblage of feasting, laughing, talking, begging, gambling, and mummery.†   (source)
  • Disastrous as the result had been, it was obviously in no way foreseen or intended by the thoughtless crew who arranged the motley procession.†   (source)
  • But there were no dealers with voices of ingratiating affability inviting customers to enter; there were no hawkers, nor the usual motley crowd of female purchasers—but only soldiers, in uniforms and overcoats though without muskets, entering the Bazaar empty-handed and silently making their way out through its passages with bundles.†   (source)
  • Several citizens had scoured their houses the evening before; tri-coloured flags hung from half-open windows; all the public-houses were full; and in the lovely weather the starched caps, the golden crosses, and the coloured neckerchiefs seemed whiter than snow, shone in the sun, and relieved with the motley colours the sombre monotony of the frock-coats and blue smocks.†   (source)
  • The little King stood, alert but at graceful ease, and caught and turned aside the thick rain of blows with a facility and precision which set the motley on-lookers wild with admiration; and every now and then, when his practised eye detected an opening, and a lightning-swift rap upon Hugo's head followed as a result, the storm of cheers and laughter that swept the place was something wonderful to hear.†   (source)
  • The people along the road failed not to laugh at his motley procession; on the other side, it was observed that, with all his irascibility, he was not in the least offended by their rudeness.†   (source)
  • The windows are, for the same reason, sufficiently diversified in appearance, being ornamented with every variety of common blind and curtain that can easily be imagined; while every doorway is blocked up, and rendered nearly impassable, by a motley collection of children and porter pots of all sizes, from the baby in arms and the half-pint pot, to the full-grown girl and half-gallon can.†   (source)
  • The man who brought her refreshment and stood behind her chair, had talked her character over with the large gentleman in motley-coloured clothes at his side.†   (source)
  • A bright fire was burning in the middle of the floor, at the other end of the barn; and around it, and lit weirdly up by the red glare, lolled and sprawled the motliest company of tattered gutter-scum and ruffians, of both sexes, he had ever read or dreamed of.†   (source)
  • In motley pictures little light,
    Much error, and of truth a glimmering mite,
    Thus the best beverage is supplied,
    Whence all the world is cheered and edified.†   (source)
  • It is true, I gave a little ground at first, for a motley jacket does not brook lance-heads, as a steel doublet will.†   (source)
  • Out of the hollow, gloomy gate,
    The motley throngs come forth elate:
    Each will the joy of the sunshine hoard,
    To honor the Day of the Risen Lord!†   (source)
  • You must know, my dear cousins and countrymen, that I wore russet before I wore motley, and was bred to be a friar, until a brain-fever came upon me and left me just wit enough to be a fool.†   (source)
  • into every exquisite form of vase, and dish, and goblet; guns, swords, pistols, and patent engines of destruction; screws and irons for the crooked, clothes for the newly-born, drugs for the sick, coffins for the dead, and churchyards for the buried—all these jumbled each with the other and flocking side by side, seemed to flit by in motley dance like the fantastic groups of the old Dutch painter, and with the same stern moral for the unheeding restless crowd.†   (source)
  • The halberds of the motley beadles clanked; and, a few moments later, a long procession of priests in chasubles, and deacons in dalmatics, marched gravely towards the condemned girl, as they drawled their song, spread out before her view and that of the crowd.†   (source)
  • Seest thou not we are overreached, and that our proposed mode of communicating with our friends without has been disconcerted by this same motley gentleman thou art so fond to brother?†   (source)
  • No one had yet observed in the gallery of the statues of the kings, carved directly above the arches of the portal, a strange spectator, who had, up to that time, observed everything with such impassiveness, with a neck so strained, a visage so hideous that, in his motley accoutrement of red and violet, he might have been taken for one of those stone monsters through whose mouths the long gutters of the cathedral have discharged their waters for six hundred years.†   (source)
  • We do not all wear motley.†   (source)
  • Let the reader picture to himself now, this immense, oblong hall, illuminated by the pallid light of a January day, invaded by a motley and noisy throng which drifts along the walls, and eddies round the seven pillars, and he will have a confused idea of the whole effect of the picture, whose curious details we shall make an effort to indicate with more precision.†   (source)
  • The music of high and low instruments immediately became audible from the interior of the stage; the tapestry was raised; four personages, in motley attire and painted faces, emerged from it, climbed the steep ladder of the theatre, and, arrived upon the upper platform, arranged themselves in a line before the public, whom they saluted with profound reverences; then the symphony ceased.†   (source)
  • And a motley crew they were, I reflected.†   (source)
  • A ribald face, sullen as a dean's, Buck Mulligan came forward, then blithe in motley, towards the greeting of their smiles.†   (source)
  • But prompt ventilation of this allimportant question... Where Cranly led me to get rich quick, hunting his winners among the mudsplashed brakes, amid the bawls of bookies on their pitches and reek of the canteen, over the motley slush.†   (source)
  • waves, liquid, uneven, emulous waves,
    Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
    Where the great vessel sailing and tacking displaced the surface,
    Larger and smaller waves in the spread of the ocean yearnfully flowing,
    The wake of the sea-ship after she passes, flashing and frolicsome
    under the sun,
    A motley procession with many a fleck of foam and many fragments,
    Following the stately and rapid ship, in the wake following.†   (source)
  • My life and recitative, containing birth, youth, mid-age years,
    Fitful as motley-tongues of flame, inseparably twined and merged in
    one—combining all,
    My single soul—aims, confirmations, failures, joys—Nor single soul alone,
    I chant my nation's crucial stage, (America's, haply humanity's)—
    the trial great, the victory great,
    A strange eclaircissement of all the masses past, the eastern world,
    the ancient†   (source)
  • —I met a fool i' the forest, A motley fool;—a miserable world!†   (source)
  • —Lady, Cucullus non facit monachum; that's as much to say, I wear not motley in my brain.†   (source)
  • Only they That come to hear a merry bawdy play, A noise of targets, or to see a fellow In a long motley coat guarded with yellow, Will be deceiv'd; for, gentle hearers, know, To rank our chosen truth with such a show As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring To make that only true we now intend, Will leave us never an understanding friend.†   (source)
  • A MERCHANT was there with a forked beard,
    In motley, and high on his horse he sat,
    Upon his head a Flandrish beaver hat.†   (source)
  • a word, nor Cicero had any knowledge; nor do the niceties of truth nor the observations of astrology come within the range of its fanciful vagaries; nor have geometrical measurements or refutations of the arguments used in rhetoric anything to do with it; nor does it mean to preach to anybody, mixing up things human and divine, a sort of motley in which no Christian understanding should dress itself.†   (source)
  • That lord that counsell'd thee To give away thy land, Come place him here by me,— Do thou for him stand: The sweet and bitter fool Will presently appear; The one in motley here, The other found out there.†   (source)
  • This is the motley-minded gentleman that I have so often met in the forest: he hath been a courtier, he swears.†   (source)
  • When I did hear The motley fool thus moral on the time, My lungs began to crow like chanticleer, That fools should be so deep contemplative; And I did laugh sans intermission An hour by his dial.†   (source)
  • — As I do live by food, I met a fool, Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun, And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms,—and yet a motley fool.†   (source)
  • I am ambitious for a motley coat.†   (source)
  • Invest me in my motley; give me leave To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of the infected world, If they will patiently receive my medicine.†   (source)
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