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muster

a flock of peacocks
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A famous shove this to end a good passage with; and yet, somehow, one could not muster upon one's lips the smile of a courtier's gratitude.
When all was completed and the muster called in the castle yard the oldest soldier of the French wars was fain to confess that he had never looked upon a better equipped or more warlike body of men, from the old knight with his silk jupon, sitting his great black war-horse in the front of them, to Hordle John, the giant recruit, who leaned carelessly upon a huge black bow-stave in the rear.
We shall call his description The Provincial Muster.
Add, that I know the language as well as I know my own, and that I am lean enough and brown enough to make it no easy matter to detect my European origin-- and you will understand that I passed muster with the people readily: not as one of themselves, but as a stranger from a distant part of their own country.
I see my lord down yonder--' cried the man, with a jerk of his thumb towards the quarter that he spoke of, 'and he says to me, says my lord, "If you've nothing to do, Dennis, go up to my house and talk with Muster Gashford.
ull say a pleasant thing in a pleasant way, give me Muster Gashford agin' all London and Westminster
But what's in the wind now, Muster Gashford,' he asked hoarsely, 'Eh?
Lookye here, Muster Gashford,' said the fellow, laying his hat and stick upon the floor, and slowly beating the palm of one hand with the fingers of the other; 'Ob-serve.
Parliament says this here--says Parliament, "If any man, woman, or child, does anything which goes again a certain number of our acts"--how many hanging laws may there be at this present time, Muster Gashford?
That being the law and the practice of England, is the glory of England, an't it, Muster Gashford?
Now mind, Muster Gashford,' said the fellow, taking up his stick and shaking it with a ferocious air, 'I mustn't have my Protestant work touched, nor this here Protestant state of things altered in no degree, if I can help it; I mustn't have no Papists interfering with me, unless they come to be worked off in course of law; I mustn't have no biling, no roasting, no frying--nothing but hanging.