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They won't understand the joke, and it will worry Mother.
Beg pardon; of course, only a joke, you know," said Haley, forcing a laugh.
The village smarties recognized a treasure in Nicodemus, right away--a butt to play jokes on.
and the clown crack- ing jokes behind him; and by and by all hands dropped the reins, and every lady put her knuckles on her hips and every gentleman folded his arms, and then how the horses did lean over and hump themselves
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
Miss Dearborn did not enjoy jokes neither made nor understood by herself, and her face flushed.
Gore was a grave man, and, though a young man, he indulged in no jokes, said no funny words, seldom smiled.
She said no more, other subjects took their turn; and the rest of the dinner passed away; the dessert succeeded, the children came in, and were talked to and admired amid the usual rate of conversation; a few clever things said, a few downright silly, but by much the larger proportion neither the one nor the othernothing worse than everyday remarks, dull repetitions, old news, and heavy jokes.
She was full of jokes and laughter, and before dinner was over had said many witty things on the subject of lovers and husbands; hoped they had not left their hearts behind them in Sussex, and pretended to see them blush whether they did or not.
Earnshaw did not understand jokes from his children: he had always been strict and grave with them; and Catherine, on her part, had no idea why her father should be crosser and less patient in his ailing condition than he was in his prime.
It was one of her father's favorite jokes that she reminded him, on such occasions, of a cat having her back stroked, and that he always expected, if the combing were only continued long enough, to hear her purr.
Scrooge was not much in the habit of cracking jokes, nor did he feel, in his heart, by any means waggish then.