Contact with the stage, almost throughout its history, presents itself as a kind of touchstone, to bring out the bizarrerie, the theatrical tricks and contrasts
, of the actual world.
The city of contrasts
: north and south, east and west, the city of social contrasts
The next to follow was a copying-clerk, who presented a strange contrast
to the virtuous Phellion.
In painful contrast
to them stands commonplaceness, always a fatal fault.
She began almost to feel a dislike of Edward; and it ended, as every feeling must end with her, by carrying back her thoughts to Willoughby, whose manners formed a contrast
sufficiently striking to those of his brother elect.
not only as abounding with characters whose very names were sure to attract general attention, but as affording a striking contrast
betwixt the Saxons, by whom the soil was cultivated, and the Normans, who still reigned in it as conquerors, reluctant to mix with the vanquished, or acknowledge themselves of the same stock.
The day seemed, by contrast
with my recent confinement, dazzlingly bright, the sky a glowing blue.
And this noisiness, this exultation at the moment of the ship's departure, make a tremendous contrast
to the silent moments of her arrival in a foreign roadstead - the silent moments when, stripped of her sails, she forges ahead to her chosen berth, the loose canvas fluttering softly in the gear above the heads of the men standing still upon her decks, the master gazing intently forward from the break of the poop.
It often grieved her to the heart to think of the contrast
between them; to think that where nature had made so little difference, circumstances should have made so much, and that her mother, as handsome as Lady Bertram, and some years her junior, should have an appearance so much more worn and faded, so comfortless, so slatternly, so shabby.
Oh, he is a great contrast
to me, I have no doubt" said Newman.
By way of contrast
, there is a lovely English girl, with eyes as shy as violets, and a voice as sweet
I will not dissemble what real pleasure his sight afforded me, nor how strongly I felt the contrast
between his person and manners and those of Reginald, to the infinite disadvantage of the latter.