Chatters: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature ChattelsWinthrop forthwith exhibited an inventory of the chattels, and moved that it should be accepted as final; but the judge of probate declined so to rule.ndash;Brooks Adams in The Emancipation of Massachusetts.But 'ole missis' would not let her go at any price, and the faithful chattel would not run away.ndash;Louisa May Alcott in Work: A Story of Experience.I disregard your claims to your own body and soul, and use you as my chattel.ndash;Grant Allen in The Woman Who Did.She takes a ship and arms the bark for sea, Stowed with her richest chattels for their flight; Feigning design, as soon as dawn ensues, To sail with her companions on a cruise.ndash;Ludovico Ariosto in Orlando Furioso.Formerly I was a person, now I am a chattel.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Letters of Two Brides.Her only care was that her poet should be happy; she was his toy, his chattel; she gave him entire liberty.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Scenes from a Courtesan's Life.He would have disgraced me by a love like that of an old man for a courtesan, and I should for ever feel the shame of being a chattel instead of a lady.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Honorine.They would even deceive their wives, who, believing their chattels were threatened with an execution and their cows seized, deceived in their turn the poor priest with their innocent tears.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Ursula (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).The outset of this concupiscence of chattels was very like that of a true passion, which often begins, in a young man, with cold admiration for a woman whom he ends in loving forever.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Vicar of Tours.Where was I to get a messenger who could carry my few chattels and my books? How could I pay him and the porter? Where was I to go? I repeated these unanswerable questions again and again, in tears, as madmen repeat their tunes.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Atheist's Mass.
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