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Tis Fair week, and my beef and mutton should fetch a fair penny," and he laughed loudly at his jest.
On the other side was Bullivant, scattering jests and mockery as he rode along.
He indulges in scurrilous jests, and the bride was his affianced one
Sometimes, this astonishing regularity manifested itself in patches; a thing to upset all the calculations of note--taking gamblers who play with a pencil and a memorandum book in their hands Fortune perpetrates some terrible jests at roulette!
Oh, my lord," said D'Artagnan, "I know you are a complete man; I know you have been, for a long time placed above human miseries; but there are jests and jests of a certain kind, which have the power of irritating me beyond expression.
An increasing cackle of complaints, orders, and jests, and what to a European would have been bad language, came from behind the curtains.
The master then went from easel to easel, scolding, flattering, jesting, and making, as usual, his jests more dreaded than his reprimands.
Knowest thou not that thou and thy name are jests upon the lips of every brave yeoman?
But you know the wise maxim your excellency, advising one to expect the worst," said the Austrian general, evidently wishing to have done with jests and to come to business.
said the lieutenant; "then you richly deserve to be hanged, as well for making such jests, as for using such a weapon: you are my prisoner, sir; nor shall you stir from hence till a proper guard comes to secure you.
Now, Mas'r George, you jest take off dem books, and set down now with my old man, and I'll take up de sausages, and have de first griddle full of cakes on your plates in less dan no time.
And when she got through they all jest laid theirselves out to make me feel at home and know I was amongst friends.