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So many clever riddles as there used to be when he was young he wondered he could not remember them
His good friend Perry, too, whom he had spoken to on the subject, did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind; but he had desired Perry to be upon the watch, and as he went about so much, something, he thought, might come from that quarter.
But I can remember nothing;not even that particular riddle which you have heard me mention; I can only recollect the first stanza; and there are several.
Spilkins, a young Slender of the neighborhood, who was reckless with his pocket-money and felt his want of memory for riddles.
The time passed quickly away, and when the seven years were nearly ended two of them grew terribly anxious and frightened, but the third made light of it, saying, 'Don't be afraid, brothers, I wasn't born yesterday; I will guess the riddle.
Then they told her that they had become the servants of the Dragon for seven long years, and how he had given them money as plentifully as blackberries; but as they had signed their names they were his, unless when the seven years had passed they could guess a riddle.
When the Dragon comes, I will ask him what the riddle is, for he tells me everything; then listen carefully what he answers.
They are mine,' answered the Dragon scornfully, 'for I shall only give them one riddle which they will never be able to guess.
Don't let us sing Fal la, my dear Mortimer (which is comparatively unmeaning), but let us sing that we give up guessing the riddle altogether.
In fact, the daylight which had just been admitted to the last compartments had exposed to the soldiers the bark being rolled towards the sea, the two rebels within musket-shot; and one of their discharges would riddle the boat if it did not kill the navigators.
If they fire all at once they will riddle us with balls.
Everything in woman is a riddle, and everything in woman hath one solution --it is called pregnancy.