We could see ourselves at supper there, pecking
away at cold meat, and passing each other chunks of bread; we could hear the cheery clatter of our knives, the laughing voices, filling all the space, and overflowing through the opening out into the night.
Ralph wondered whether she more resembled an elephant, with a jeweled head-dress, or a superb cockatoo, balanced insecurely upon its perch, and pecking
capriciously at a lump of sugar.
Outside she noticed Billina busily pecking
around to secure bugs or other food for breakfast, but none of the men in the other tent seemed awake.
Yes, I know the spawn - complacently pecking
at him for his Father Damien letter, analyzing him, weighing him - "
what's the chicken ruffling up her little feathers and pecking
at me for?
Suddenly a very wide-awake and active fowl advanced, pecking
, chirping, and scratching vigorously.