It was a difficult task, for he held the pencil as one would grasp the hilt of a dagger, which does not add greatly to ease in writing or to the legibility of the results.
But he persevered for months, at such times as he was able to come to the cabin, until at last by repeated experimenting he found a position in which to hold the pencil that best permitted him to guide and control it, so that at last he could roughly reproduce any of the little bugs.
Betteredge gave his imperfectly-pointed pencil
a preliminary lick with his tongue.
Holmes was so charmed with one of them that he insisted on drawing it in his notebook, broke his pencil
, had to borrow one from our host and finally borrowed a knife to sharpen his own.
And then, "Take the pencil
and write under my name, 'I forgive her
I have not a word to say for the bit of old pencil
, but the courtplaister might be useful.
One prisoner only set me and my pencil
successfully at defiance.
Matthew twenty-third; 13--14 and 23," he wrote; then, with a gesture of impatience, he dropped his pencil
and pulled toward him a magazine left on the desk by his wife a few minutes before.
Well, this pencil
was a lead-pencil
, consequently hard; so it marked in black upon the first sheet, and in white upon the second.
A lady was seated at the table with my pencil
in her hand, writing in my sketch-book!
It was written in pencil
, in a fine but very peculiar handwriting, which was hard to read: it was just like black letter.
Her hands began to drum on the table louder than ever, until Magdalen quieted them by presenting her with a pencil