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I NEVER knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was.
The result was that no request was made for an explanation; no unpleasant remark; no joke in bad taste, which might have offended this visitor from the tomb.
He evidently quailed under his jokes, and sat blinking like an owl in daylight, when pestered by the flouts and peckings of mischievous birds.
You might make a joke on THAT,' said the little voice close to her ear: 'something about "you WOULD if you could," you know.
Maybe he'll be willing to explain his joke to the Hoppers.
Your joke is too bad, it's witty but unjust," said Anna Pavlovna, shaking her little shriveled finger at him.
Da Souza exclaimed, depositing his silk hat upon the table, "it is a very excellent joke of yours.
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.
Stepan Arkadyevitch was telling his sister-in-law his joke about divorce.
Pullet; "let him joke while he's got health and strength.
The viceroy went over to Don Antonio, and asked in a low voice did he know who the Knight of the White Moon was, or was it some joke they were playing on Don Quixote.
An ironical smile played on Evgenie's lips all the while the recitation was proceeding, which showed that he, too, was probably in the secret of the 'poor knight' joke.