Like Mary Stuart, it is, at least, somewhat better than its worst repute, as formulated by its enemies. Estimates change; even the excellent Wordsworth was held by the English reviewers to be fantastic and vague in his Ode to Duty. We should not forget that the most shocking pronouncements of the Romanticists were uttered half-ironically, to say the least.

He is so universal in his choice of subjects that Lemaître in his Impressions of the Theatre half-humorously and half-ironically puts these words in Björnson's mouth, "I am king in the spiritual kingdom," and "there are two men in Europe who have genius, I and Ibsen, granting that Ibsen has it." Adventures in Criticism, A.T.Q. Couch. Essays on Modern Novelists, William Lyon Phelps.

She flashed a glance at her sister, and smiled half-ironically. "I could tell you plenty," she said softly. "He was a startling fellow, and went far sometimes; but you look as if you could go farther." Gaston helped himself to an entree, wondering whether a knife was used with sweetbreads. "How far could he go?" he asked.

Somewhat perfunctorily, because in his ignorance of women he thought that it would please her, and also because vaguely something human and elemental had suddenly roused his pulses, he relinquished his nonchalant attitude, and came a step nearer to her. "You are very beautiful, my Suzanne," he said half-ironically, and with marked emphasis on the possessive.

"Good luck in your business!" she found herself saying, half-gaily, half-ironically. He answered, hoarsely, something what? rode off. With color flaming high, the girl looked after him until Lord Ronsdale's horse, clattering near, caused her to turn quickly.

Half-disdainfully, the land baron mingled with the heterogeneous assembly; half-ironically, his eye swept the group at the bar the paid spy, the needy black-sheep; the patriot, the swashbuckler; men with and without a career. As Mauville stepped forward, a quiet, dark-looking man, obviously a Mexican, not without a certain distinguished carriage, immediately approached the newcomer.

The upshot was that the Murchisons were confined to a few old friends and looked, as we know, half-humorously, half-ironically, for more brilliant excursions, to Stella and "the boys." It was only, however, the pleasure of Mr Lorne Murchison's company that was requested at the Milburns' dance.

"And doubtless on the same conditions?" said Wagner, half-ironically, and half in horror at the mere thought of surrendering his soul to Satan. "Art thou blind to the means of promoting thy earthly happiness?" demanded the demon, fixing on Fernand a glance intended to appal and intimidate, but at which he on whom it was bent quailed not.

When I returned the duchess had gone, and Gustave had, half-ironically, consoled my evident annoyance by telling me that he had given such a description of me to his friend that she shared my sorrow, and had left a polite message to that effect. That I was not much consoled needs no saying.

She flashed a glance at her sister, and smiled half-ironically. "I could tell you plenty," she said softly. "He was a startling fellow, and went far sometimes; but you look as if you could go farther." Gaston helped himself to an entree, wondering whether a knife was used with sweetbreads. "How far could he go?" he asked.