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English citations of master

1678 1843
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  • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress:
    Sir, here is a traveller, who was bid by an acquaintance of the good-man of this house to call here for my profit; I would therefore speak with the master of the house.
    This schoolmaster taught them the art of getting, either by violence, cozenage, flattery, lying, or by putting on the guise of religion; and these four gentlemen had attained much of the art of their master, so that they could each of them have kept such a school themselves.
    The Shepherds told them, This is a by-way to hell, a way that hypocrites go in at; namely, such as sell their birthright, with Esau; such as sell their master, with Judas; such as blaspheme the gospel, with Alexander; and that lie and dissemble, with Ananias and Sapphira his wife.
  • 1843, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol:
    Even the blind men's dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, "No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master!"
    But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part.
    In came the boy from over the way, who was suspected of not having board enough from his master; trying to hide himself behind the girl from next door but one, who was proved to have had her ears pulled by her mistress.

art, etc[edit]

  • 1854, John Weale, The Pictorial Handbook of London Comprising Its Antiquities, Architecture, Arts ... and Scientific Institutions ..., page 417:
    This pair, and No. 50, The Virgin and Child, are by unknown masters of the school of Cologne, and imitative of Italian art of the fourteenth century.
  • 2006, Michael J. P. Robson, The Franciscans in the Middle Ages, Boydell Press (→ISBN), page 8:
    Artists such as the unnamed master of San Francesco, who was active in the lower basilica, made parallels between the life of Jesus Christ and the founder.
  • 2008, George von der Lippe, V. Reck-Malleczewen, A History of the Münster Anabaptists: Inner Emigration and the Third Reich: A Critical Edition of Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen’s Bockelson: A Tale of Mass Insanity, Springer (→ISBN), page 41:
    In 1534 not sixty years has passed since the unknown master of the Peringstörff Altar painted the vision of Saint Bernardus: the sinful creature kneeling before Christ on the cross, crying out and grappling with the tortured God ...
  • 2018, Ine Wouters, Stephanie van de Voorde, Inge Bertels, Bernard Espion, Krista de Jonge, Denis Zastavni, Building Knowledge, Constructing Histories: Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium, CRC Press (→ISBN), page 997:
    All this suggests that the unknown master of Assier had a thorough knowledge of the Valencian methods but adopted a more flexible approach to the tracing of bed joints.
  • 2020, Paul Goldin, The Art of Chinese Philosophy: Eight Classical Texts and How to Read Them, Princeton University Press (→ISBN), page 245:
    The unnamed master of “Record of Signs” (“Biaoji”表記) recognizes the trend: whereas “the men of Yin (i.e., Shang) honored spirits and led its people to serve them”, []

Skilled Person[edit]

  • 1843 July, [Thomas Babington Macaulay], “Art. VII—The Life of Joseph Addison. By Lucy Aikin.”, in The Edinburgh Review, number CLVII, page 231:
    But that which chiefly distinguishes Addison from Swift, from Voltaire, from almost all the other great masters of ridicule, is the grace, the nobleness, the moral purity, which we find even in his merriment.
  • 1693, [John Locke], “§189”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: [] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, [], →OCLC:
    No care is taken to improve young men in their own language, that they may thoroughly understand and be masters of it.
  • 1977, George Lucas, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:
    Darth Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner; now I am the master.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Only a master of evil, Darth.
  • 2001, Falun Gong Stories: A Journey to Ultimate Health[1], Golden Lotus Press, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 62:
    A turning point came earlier this year. In January 2000, the local Qigong master who treated me asked me to find Falun Gong material on the Internet for him.