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"How dare you, sir, break the bottle?" says Cuff to the little urchin, swinging a yellow cricket-stump over him.
"How dare you, sir, break it?" says Cuff; "you blundering little thief.
"Hold out your other hand, sir," roars Cuff to his little schoolfellow, whose face was distorted with pain.
Cuff, and down came the wicket again on the child's hand.--Don't be horrified, ladies, every boy at a public school has done it.
Whatever may have been his incentive, however, up he sprang, and screamed out, "Hold off, Cuff; don't bully that child any more; or I'll--"
"Or you'll what?" Cuff asked in amazement at this interruption.
"I haven't much time to be fond of anything, 'says Sergeant Cuff. "But when I HAVE a moment's fondness to bestow, most times, Mr.
"If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business.
Why Superintendent Seegrave should have appeared to be several sizes smaller than life, on being presented to Sergeant Cuff, I can't undertake to explain.
While I was being ordered about in this way, I looked at the great Cuff. The great Cuff, on his side, looked at Superintendent Seegrave in that quietly expecting way which I have already noticed.
"That's a pity," says Sergeant Cuff. "How did it happen?"
"Did you notice which petticoat did it?" asked Sergeant Cuff, still addressing himself, not to his brother-officer, but to me.