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  • "Begging your pardon, Master Copperfield, I'm a very umble person, my opinions are likewise very umble, I am the umblest blogger going, I run a numble webpage, a very numble page, I do assure you."

    Are we there yet?

  • Mister Copperfield, but the other comes so natural, I don't like that you should put a constraint upon yourself to ask a numble person like me to your ouse. '

    David Copperfield

  • I'm going out with the tide, lad -- you 'll dig me a numble grave,

    A Nonsense Anthology

  • I could not aim to become the master of a little cottage, which, however numble, I might call my own; to be the lord of one poor acre, which however small or barren, might still be mine

    The White Slave; or, Memoirs of a Fugitive

  • 'Oh, really, Master Copperfield,' he rejoined-'I beg your pardon, Mister Copperfield, but the other comes so natural, I don't like that you should put a constraint upon yourself to ask a numble person like me to your ouse. '

    David Copperfield

  • We live in a numble abode, Master Copperfield, but have much to be thankful for.

    David Copperfield

  • I mustn't be put upon, as a numble person, too much.

    David Copperfield

  • Remember me to all your house, and most of all to its other head, with all the regard and earnestness that a "numble individual" (as they always call it in the House of Commons) who once travelled with her in a car over a smooth country may charge you with.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 1 (of 3), 1833-1856

  • The change from numble pie to umble pie to humble pie, attributed to "some anonymous punster in the time of William the Conqueror," was actually due to the same influences that changed a napron to an apron in the first instance and to the characteristic weakening of the initial h in English, heard today in an historical, an hilarious, etc.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 4

  • ‘I am well aware, Master Copperfield, that Miss Trotwood, though an excellent lady, has a quick temper (indeed I think I had the pleasure of knowing her, when I was a numble clerk, before you did, Master

    David Copperfield

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