When the sound subsided, the silence through the house was deep, dreary, and oppressive, notwithstanding that the tongues of many of the guests
had already been loosened by a surreptitious cup or two of wine or spirits.
There is not a foot of space between the chairs of the guests
, and Tamoszius is so short that he pokes them with his bow whenever he reaches over for the low notes; but still he presses in, and insists relentlessly that his companions must follow.
Cedric darted at the speaker one of those hasty and impatient glances, which comparisons between the two rival nations seldom failed to call forth; but, recollecting the duties of hospitality, he suppressed further show of resentment, and, motioning with his hand, caused his guests
to assume two seats a little lower than his own, but placed close beside him, and gave a signal that the evening meal should be placed upon the board.
After the feast was over, Robin turned to his guest
and said, "Now you shall see what life we lead, so that you may report faithfully, for good or bad, unto the King.
You are quite right, Laodamas," replied Euryalus, "go up to your guest
and speak to him about it yourself.
If the feast were less magnificent than those same panelled walls had witnessed in a by-gone century,--if mine host presided with somewhat less of state than might have befitted a successor of the royal Governors,--if the guests
made a less imposing show than the bewigged and powdered and embroidered dignitaries, who erst banqueted at the gubernatorial table, and now sleep, within their armorial tombs on Copp's Hill, or round King's Chapel,--yet never, I may boldly say, did a more comfortable little party assemble in the Province House, from Queen Anne's days to the Revolution.
Their uninvited guest
, unlike the generality of his tribe, was somewhat dirty as well as ragged and they had no relish for such a messmate.
Her betrothed only replied, 'You must come and see me next Sunday; I have already invited guests
for that day, and that you may not mistake the way, I will strew ashes along the path.
The rest of the guests
(an old tutor or schoolmaster, goodness knows why invited; a young man, very timid, and shy and silent; a rather loud woman of about forty, apparently an actress; and a very pretty, well-dressed German lady who hardly said a word all the evening) not only had no gift for enlivening the proceedings, but hardly knew what to say for themselves when addressed.
I'll bring thee back a guest
this day, or come not back mine own self.
In another half hour her hair was dried and built into the strange, but becoming, coiffure of her station; her leathern trappings, encrusted with gold and jewels, had been adjusted to her figure and she was ready to mingle with the guests
that had been bidden to the midday function at the palace of The Warlord.
If you recognize me not, Sir Roger," said Norman of Torn, drily, "it is evident that your honored guest
hath a better memory.