Pelting: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature PeltingIf a political agitator were to lecture to the peasants of Dorsetshire, and try to excite political dissatisfaction, it is much more likely that he would be pelted than that he would succeed.ndash;Walter Bagehot in The English Constitution.Besides, Goriot had his uses, every one vented his spleen or sharpened his wit on him; he was pelted with jokes and belabored with hard words. The general consensus of opinion was in favor of a theory which seemed the most likely; this was Mme.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Father Goriot (tr Ellen Marriage).The things that he knows have not become part of his mind in any way: they are stored away there, like walnuts; and I feel that I have been pelted with walnuts, deluged and buried in walnuts.ndash;Arthur Christopher Benson in The Altar Fire.But, O, what a hardy perennial blossom hope must be! The tender buds were not to be crushed by the pelting hailstones of hard common sense.ndash;Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Birds of Prey.I came down from the mountain and into the pleasing valley of the Adige in as pelting a heat as ever mortal suffered under.ndash;John Buchan in Moon Endureth [Tales/Fancies].The first Reuben Vanderpoel, who in early days of danger had traded with savages for the pelts of wild animals, was the lauded hero of stories of thrift and enterprise.ndash;Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Shuttle.As it was made up of numerous small pelts of different species of rodents, it presented a rather strange and wonderful appearance, which, together with the vile stench which permeated it, rendered it anything other than a desirable addition to a wardrobe.ndash;Edgar Rice Burroughs in Return of Tarzan.Leisurely he gathered up the six pelts and one of the carcasses, and as the lioness appeared between the boles of two trees he swung upward into the branches above him.ndash;Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan the Untamed.One after another as rapidly as he could gather and hurl them, Tarzan pelted the hard fruit down upon the lion.ndash;Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan, Jewels of Opar.That was the winter when in fond imagination I saw a stream of silver dollars coming my way from the red foxes I was planning to deprive of their pelts when they needed them most.ndash;John Burroughs in My Boyhood.
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