He reorganised the players in serried tiers in a vain attempt to let them hear one another.
Stolidly they sat, the serried soldiers, clean-shaven, square-jawed, looking slightly bored and, in at least one case that I spotted, rhythmically chewing gum.
For no less than three miles this vast upland of hillocks and brows roll on, serried knolls which appear to stretch onwards into infinity.
To put young adolescents into serried rows of desks for hour upon hour is just not any way to learn at all.
The heart demands effort, effort to recover those distraught, terrified, agonizing, serried bundles of kin who we imagine to actually await impatiently for rescue.
After the mysterious disappearance of the world's most famous scientists, New York comes under attack from flying giant robots that land on Broadway and march in serried ranks through the city's narrow streets.
Personally, I rather like those serried rows of cabbages and leeks.
As soon as motorists get used to counting two cameras before putting their foot down, it will be necessary to install three in a row, then four and so on until the whole county is covered by serried ranks of cameras.
Now, from the window of his home in Dennistoun he can see the serried tombs of the wealthy dead in the city's Necropolis.
We may judge the effect from the serried assortment of military badges and other devices on Fovant Down in Wiltshire.