I believe the name 'Hop-Frog' was not that given to the dwarf
by his sponsors at baptism, but it was conferred upon him, by general consent of the several ministers, on account of his inability to walk as other men do.
Flambeau gazed at his friend for some time, with an expression between perplexity and amusement; and then, rising from the table; squeezed his huge form out of the little door of the dwarf
tavern, and melted into the twilight.
They are not giants or dwarfs
, they are not fairy princes or knights in shining armor.
These Cercopes (`Monkey-Men') were a pair of malignant dwarfs
who went about the world mischief-making.
Some are dinning in our ears that we Americans, and moderns generally, are intellectual dwarfs
compared with the ancients, or even the Elizabethan men.
Past the old church, and down the footpath, pottered the old man and the child hand-in-hand early on the afternoon of the day before the feast, and wandered all round the ground, which was already being occupied by the "cheap Jacks," with their green- covered carts and marvellous assortment of wares; and the booths of more legitimate small traders, with their tempting arrays of fairings and eatables; and penny peep-shows and other shows, containing pink-eyed ladies, and dwarfs
, and boa-constrictors, and wild Indians.
He meant no offence, but his intercourse was charac terised by that sort of frank disregard of suscepti bilities a man of seven foot six, living in a world of dwarfs
, would naturally assume, without in the least wishing to be unkind.
However, there it was - a barge with a little house in it, viewed from the outside; and a caravan at a fair, viewed from within: the gentlemen being accommodated, as the spectators usually are, in one of those locomotive museums of penny wonders; and the ladies being partitioned off by a red curtain, after the manner of the dwarfs
and giants in the same establishments, whose private lives are passed in rather close exclusiveness.
Mr Merdle himself was usually late on these occasions, as a man still detained in the clutch of giant enterprises when other men had shaken off their dwarfs
for the day.
The lane was a very cloistral one, with a ribbon of gravelly road, bordered on each side with a rich margin of turf and a scramble of blackberry bushes, green turf banks and dwarf
oak-trees making a rich and plenteous shade.
They would not allow me to be a dwarf
, because my littleness was beyond all degrees of comparison; for the queen's favourite dwarf
, the smallest ever known in that kingdom, was near thirty feet high.
To this inn, which to him seemed a castle, he advanced, and at a short distance from it he checked Rocinante, hoping that some dwarf
would show himself upon the battlements, and by sound of trumpet give notice that a knight was approaching the castle.