"I agree," answered Thwackum, with great warmth, "with a man who asserts honour to be antecedent
There are many of them: take as an example the pleasures, of smell, which are very great and have no antecedent
pains; they come in a moment, and when they depart leave no pain behind them.
Her benefactors had seen fit to ignore mention of her strange past, and so she passed as their ward whose antecedents
not having been mentioned were not to be inquired into.
The first difficulty which we had to contend with was the finding of this American's antecedents
. Some people would have waited until their advertisements were answered, or until parties came forward and volunteered information.
"Nothing peculiar about her family antecedents
, is there?"
I would much rather not have told her anything of my antecedents
, but no man could look into the depth of those eyes and refuse her slightest behest.
Manson Mingott's English son-in-law, the banker, and had speedily made himself an important position in the world of affairs; but his habits were dissipated, his tongue was bitter, his antecedents
were mysterious; and when Medora Manson announced her cousin's engagement to him it was felt to be one more act of folly in poor Medora's long record of imprudences.
The followers of Chaucer, and the precursors of Shakespeare, are alike real persons to him--old Langland reminding him of Carlyle's "Gospel of Labour." The product of a large store of reading has been here secreted anew for the reader who desires to see, in bird's-eye view, the light and shade of a long and varied period of poetic literature, by way of preparation for Shakespeare,  (with a full essay upon whom the volume closes,) explaining Shakespeare, so far as he can be explained by literary antecedents
It is worthy of yourselves, worthy of the antecedents
of the Gun Club; and it cannot fail to make some noise in the world."
"At heart no one is prouder of their family and antecedents
. I have heard him say, though, that an exile had better leave behind him even his name."
He told with perfect truth how it had come of a little contraband trading, and how he had in time been released from prison, and how he had gone away from those antecedents
. How, at the house of entertainment called the Break of Day at Chalons on the Saone, he had been awakened in his bed at night by the same assassin, then assuming the name of Lagnier, though his name had formerly been Rigaud; how the assassin had proposed that they should join their fortunes together; how he held the assassin in such dread and aversion that he had fled from him at daylight, and how he had ever since been haunted by the fear of seeing the assassin again and being claimed by him as an acquaintance.
It is pleasant to know that a new ministry just come into office are not the only fellow-men who enjoy a period of high appreciation and full-blown eulogy; in many respectable families throughout this realm, relatives becoming creditable meet with a similar cordiality of recognition, which in its fine freedom from the coercion of any antecedents
, suggests the hopeful possibility that we may some day without any notice find ourselves in full millennium, with cockatrices who have ceased to bite, and wolves that no longer show their teeth with any but the blandest intentions.