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His hand went readily to his pocket; ices and punch were bestowed without prodding, and he loaned fifty francs without asking them back.
I was prodding for my food into a camp-kettle when they were howling for their pap.
When they discovered that their prodding brought no outward evidence of suffering, their awe increased, so that they soon desisted, half believing that this strange white giant was a supernatural being and so was immune from pain.