“High-swung barouches, with immense armorial bearings on their panels, driven by fat white-wigged coachmen, and having powdered footmen up behind them; seigniorial phaetons; daring tandems; discreet little broughams, brown or yellow; flippant high dog-carts; low but flippant Ralli-carts; very frivolous private hansoms shaming the more serious public ones.”
“Estate of Bigorre, which called for the abolition of seigniorial rights.”
“All these ecclesiastics, though for the most part as much courtiers as churchmen, added to the gravity of the T. salon, whose seigniorial aspect was accentuated by five peers of France, the Marquis de Vib***, the”
“This triangular-shaped piece of territory is nestled in between the seigniorial rang system of land survey of the old French regime, and the British system of grid development in a north-south pattern of development.”
“It is so easy to oppose the restrictions of law to the cupidity and arrogance of upstart proprietors, to fix the extent of lands which wealthy plebeians may be allowed to purchase, to prevent their acquisition of large seigniorial property and privileges, that a firm and wise government can never have cause to repent of having enfranchised servitude and enriched indigence.”
“At times, it's like watching a speeded-up, uncensored newscast of the period -- an effect furthered by the appearance of a channel-surfing procession of broadcast anchors -- an intense, young Dan Rather (what but his age has changed?), a seigniorial Walter Cronkite reciting the number of American dead so far in the conflict and Tom Brokaw with an ungainly farm boy's haircut.”
“But, in the ensuing series of meetings and rebukes and letters of seigniorial self-justification, Cardinal Egan effectively confirmed every ugly tale told about him.”
“The clerk, seeing the flush of seigniorial fever on the face of the imbecile and colossal”
“So she said something vaguely seigniorial and unconsciously cruel to him and paid no attention to his answer except to notice that he called her Dame Alice instead of Madam.”
“A few members of the seigniorial nobility, the officials and some merchants -- perhaps three hundred in all -- may have gone back to France.”
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