The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose: From William Caxton to P.G. Wodehouse, a Conducted Tour by Frank Muir, QPD 1991

You must expect nothing regular in my description of a house that seems to be built before rules were in fashion...
Alexander POPE, p. 37

Two beautiful deer came sauntering across the grounds and stopped and looked me over as impudently as if they thought of buying me. Then they seemed to conclude that they could do better for less money, and sauntered indolently away.
Mark TWAIN, p. 261