footman


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footman

any of several arctiid moths related to the tiger moths, esp the common footman (Eilema lurideola), with yellowish hind wings and brown forewings with a yellow front stripe; they produce woolly bear larvae
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`--or next day, maybe,' the Footman continued in the same tone, exactly as if nothing had happened.
`ARE you to get in at all?' said the Footman. `That's the first question, you know.'
The Footman seemed to think this a good opportunity for repeating his remark, with variations.
--A."; and, ringing the bell, gave it to the footman.
The powdered-headed footman slammed the door very hard, and scowled very grandly; but both the slam and the scowl were lost upon Sam, who was regarding a mahogany umbrella-stand with every outward token of critical approval.
Apparently his master's reception of the card had impressed the powdered-headed footman in Sam's favour, for when he came back from delivering it, he smiled in a friendly manner, and said that the answer would be ready directly.
'You dine early, sir,' said the powdered-headed footman.
At the footman's announcement she raised herself a little and peeped out, with some curiosity.
The footman was withdrawing, but Athos stopped him by a sign.
"I am not at home to any one," said the Duchess de Chevreuse to the footman. "You may go."
I came accidentally afterwards to hear, that when the young lady missed her watch, she made a great outcry in the Park, and sent her footman up and down to see if he could find me out, she having described me so perfectly that he knew presently that it was the same person that had stood and talked so long with him, and asked him so many questions about them; but I gone far enough out of their reach before she could come at her footman to tell him the story.
I made off with this little booty to Ipswich, and from thence to Harwich, where I went into an inn, as if I had newly arrived from Holland, not doubting but I should make some purchase among the foreigners that came on shore there; but I found them generally empty of things of value, except what was in their portmanteaux and Dutch hampers, which were generally guarded by footmen; however, I fairly got one of their portmanteaux one evening out of the chamber where the gentleman lay, the footman being fast asleep on the bed, and I suppose very drunk.