Hooper, a gentlemanly person, of about thirty, though still a bachelor
, was dressed with due clerical neatness, as if a careful wife had starched his band, and brushed the weekly dust from his Sunday's garb.
I am told that, nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors
, and all the bachelors
like married men.
In this secluded abode of happiness there were no cross old women, no cruel step-dames, no withered spinsters, no lovesick maidens, no sour old bachelors
, no inattentive husbands, no melancholy young men, no blubbering youngsters, and no squalling brats.
But D'Artagnan knew too well all the folds and refolds of his Porthos, not to find a secret if there were one there; like those regular, minute old bachelors
, who know how to find, with their eyes shut, each book on the shelves of their library and each piece of linen in their wardrobe.
Such of them as are married have the wisdom to retire to their own houses; but the bachelors
act just as an East Indiaman and pirates are wont to do; for they lavish, eat, drink, and play all away as long as the goods hold out; and when these are gone, they even sell their embroidery, their lace, and their clothes.
A crowd who exhibit what they deem to be broken hearts--and among them many lovelorn maids and bachelors
, and men of disappointed ambition in arts or politics, and the poor who were once rich, or who have sought to be rich in vain--the great majority of these may ask admittance into some other fraternity.
The events in question occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors
in Baker Street.
If men would only stick to gifts and quarrelling, there would be fewer bachelors
chiefly composed of rusty old bachelors
and a child of six years.
The flowers jilt us, and we are old bachelors
with our ridiculous tenderness.
The people were dull and pretentious; old ladies with elderly maiden daughters; funny old bachelors
with mincing ways; pale-faced, middle-aged clerks with wives, who talked of their married daughters and their sons who were in a very good position in the Colonies.
You see, Eliza, all men are not confirmed old bachelors
like me and the Colonel.