Our companion, on this, had responded with a strange, quick primness
of propriety, and they were again, with Mrs.
She approached Miss Nancy with much primness
, and said, with a slow, treble suavity--
An anomaly which often struck me in the character of my friend Sherlock Holmes was that, although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness
of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction.
I was brought up in the freer, less conventional atmosphere of South Australia, and this English life, with its proprieties and its primness
, is not congenial to me.
His mother left her tea and toast untouched, but sat with her usual pretty primness
, only showing her emotion by that flush in the cheeks and brightness in the eyes which give an old woman a touching momentary identity with her far-off youthful self, and saying decisively--
and she replied with a slight primness
, "If you please.
of her was indescribable, and was not at all ruffled by Dan's hoot of derision.
The Elizabethans also, as we have seen, had had much more feeling for the terror than for the grandeur of the sublime in Nature, but the Elizabethans had had nothing of the elegant primness
of the Augustans.