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And soon afterwards, on the second boy's violently pinching one of the same lady's fingers, she fondly observed, "How playful William is
She asked me this so kindly, and with such a gentle air, half playful and half sorrowful, that I was quite touched.
She looked up at me suddenly, only moving her eyes, and repeated in a grimly playful manner,
An ash in the hedgerow behind made a fretted screen from the sun, and threw happy playful shadows all about them.
Yet Horace Walpole wrote a goblin tale which has thrilled through many a bosom; and George Ellis could transfer all the playful fascination of a humour, as delightful as it was uncommon, into his Abridgement of the Ancient Metrical Romances.
she said, in a tone which she tried to render playful.
The ill-luck of the unfortunate Sancho so ordered it that among the company in the inn there were four woolcarders from Segovia, three needle-makers from the Colt of Cordova, and two lodgers from the Fair of Seville, lively fellows, tender-hearted, fond of a joke, and playful, who, almost as if instigated and moved by a common impulse, made up to Sancho and dismounted him from his ass, while one of them went in for the blanket of the host's bed; but on flinging him into it they looked up, and seeing that the ceiling was somewhat lower what they required for their work, they decided upon going out into the yard, which was bounded by the sky, and there, putting Sancho in the middle of the blanket, they began to raise him high, making sport with him as they would with a dog at Shrovetide.
He threw himself upon his back and fairly wallowed at my feet; jumped up and sprang upon me, rolling me upon the ground by his great weight; then wriggling and squirming around me like a playful puppy presenting its back for the petting it craves.
Now and then another trunk would run out to touch him, and once a playful calf grasped his legs and upset him.
He looked so earnest over it that I shall never again think that a man must be playful always, and never earnest, because he is merry at times.
In the lower forms he had simply been a pretty, playful boy whom everybody liked.
She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous.