fancy


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fancy

1. (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
2. Lit the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
3. Music a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc., current during the 16th and 17th centuries
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Was that fancy? Did I like to go there, or did I strive and wrestle with the power that forced me?'
"Fancy starch" was Martin's nightmare, and it was Joe's, too.
Butthat he should talk of encouragement, should consider her as aware of his views, accepting his attentions, meaning (in short), to marry him!should suppose himself her equal in connexion or mind!look down upon her friend, so well understanding the gradations of rank below him, and be so blind to what rose above, as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her!
And so, after having composed, struck out, rejected, added to, unmade, and remade a multitude of names out of his memory and fancy, he decided upon calling him Rocinante, a name, to his thinking, lofty, sonorous, and significant of his condition as a hack before he became what he now was, the first and foremost of all the hacks in the world.
Perhaps she heard it - perhaps after all it was a fancy. Only, in the midst of his fever, a hand as soft as velvet and as cool as the night sea-wind touched his forehead, and a voice sounded in his ears so sweetly that the blood burned no longer in his veins, so sweetly that he lay back upon his pillow like a man under the influence of a strong narcotic and slept.
"I was about to utter an impertinence, I confess, ma'am, but recollected in time, that young men's protestations of what THEY would do by way of reforming the world, is not of half the importance to others that they so often fancy; so I shall spare you the infliction.
"Why not," it said, "buy the petticoat, find out the name of its owner, and, instead of seeking a vague Golden Girl, make up your mind doggedly to find and marry her, or, failing that, carry the petticoat with you, as a sort of Cinderella's slipper, try it on any girl you happen to fancy, and marry her it exactly fits?"
Thus, once on a time, did I also cast my fancy beyond man, like all backworldsmen.
"There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way.
'Well, then, my love, I wish you would keep your foolish fancy to yourself, and not wake up MY foolish fancy to keep it company,' retorted Mrs Nickleby.
"I had an odd fancy when I saw you with her," Lady Ruth said slowly.
They would be the pictures of what was very pretty and pleasant, and I would fancy - '