If Martha had been a well-trained fine young lady's maid she would have been more subservient and respectful and would have known that it was her business to brush hair, and button
boots, and pick things up and lay them away.
I sat looking at Peggotty for some time, in a reverie on this supposititious case: whether, if she were employed to lose me like the boy in the fairy tale, I should be able to track my way home again by the buttons
she would shed.
The end of it was that the licentiate reckoned up for him by thrusts every one of the buttons
of the short cassock he wore, tore the skirts into strips, like the tails of a cuttlefish, knocked off his hat twice, and so completely tired him out, that in vexation, anger, and rage, he took the sword by the hilt and flung it away with such force, that one of the peasants that were there, who was a notary, and who went for it, made an affidavit afterwards that he sent it nearly three-quarters of a league, which testimony will serve, and has served, to show and establish with all certainty that strength is overcome by skill.
On the wedding day, we may suppose that honest John Hull dressed himself in a plum-colored coat, all the buttons
of which were made of pine-tree shillings.
He wore a white satin jacket embroidered with gold, and having diamond buttons
Even to a thread, and nice little bars across the end so I can't tear them when I twitch the buttons
Yes, monsieur, I do; I understand that you have been playing me a shameful trick and twisting off my buttons
while I have been standing here unconscious of it.
Soapy stood still, with his hands in his pockets, and smiled at the sight of brass buttons
Alan, indeed, expressed himself most lovingly; and taking a knife from the table, cut me off one of the silver buttons
from his coat.
He was a partner in a house in some large way--spirits, or buttons
, or wine, or blacking, or oatmeal, or woollen, or pork, or hooks and eyes, or iron, or treacle, or shoes, or something or other that was wanted for troops, or seamen, or somebody--and the house burst, and we being among the creditors, detainees were lodged on the part of the Crown in a scientific manner, and all the rest Of it.
said the stranger, screwing himself round to catch a glimpse in the glass of the waist buttons
, which were half-way up his back.
They hunted till darkness came on, but they found Not a button
, or feather, or mark, By which they could tell that they stood on the ground Where the Baker had met with the Snark.