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The joke became a little tedious; and Richard asked half-seriously and half in jest:
I will take my oath of that," said Sancho; "they would have given him a slash that would have slit him down from top to toe like a pomegranate or a ripe melon; they were likely fellows to put up with jokes of that sort
From this time, the uninvited guest was taken into favor; his jokes began to be relished; his careless, free and easy air, to be considered singularly amusing; and in the end, he was pronounced by the travellers one of the merriest companions and most entertaining vagabonds they had met with in the wilderness.
and as this was seriously meant for a joke, his laugh was chorused by the seven.
If it was a joke, I do not approve of the feelings which prompted you to do it, and in any case you would have done far better not to recite it at all.
It was useless to tell her, through clenched teeth, that the whole thing was a joke, for she understood no jokes except her own, of which she had the most immoderately high opinion, and that would have mattered little to me had not David liked them also.
Still, it is a Joke," declared the Woggle-Bug; firmly, "and a Joke derived from a play upon words is considered among educated people to be eminently proper.
The question is, who's going to explain the joke to the Horners?
Da Souza exclaimed, depositing his silk hat upon the table, "it is a very excellent joke of yours.
I am so unfortunate as not to possess a sense of humor; and if you did my likeness, I am afraid I should not see the joke of it.
The Farmer's servants rushed up with sticks and pitchforks and soon taught the Ass that clumsy jesting is no joke.
Uncle Alec slyly laid a bit of it on Aunt Peace's cap, and then softly kissed her; which little joke seemed to please her very much, for she liked to have part in all the home pastimes, and Alec was her favourite nephew.