Nikita, though an habitual drunkard, was not drunk that day because since the last day before the fast, when he had drunk his coat
and leather boots, he had sworn off drink and had kept his vow for two months, and was still keeping it despite the temptation of the vodka that had been drunk everywhere during the first two days of the feast.
'Like a general postman's coat
those--made by contract--no measuring-- mysterious dispensations of Providence--all the short men get long coats--all the long men short ones.' Running on in this way, Mr.
And to be sure, as soon as he had taken off the great-coat, he showed forth mighty fine for the round-house of a merchant brig: having a hat with feathers, a red waistcoat, breeches of black plush, and a blue coat
with silver buttons and handsome silver lace; costly clothes, though somewhat spoiled with the fog and being slept in.
At length they arrived, drenched with the rain and presenting a most miserable appearance, notwithstanding that Short had sheltered the child as well as he could under the skirts of his own coat
, and they were nearly breathless from the haste they had made.
Only they who go to soires and legislative balls must have new coats
to change as often as the man changes in them.
For instance, if a man wanted to buy a coat
, he perhaps exchanged a bear-skin for it.
"I request you to have the goodness to change your coat
," he said as he turned away.
Putting on his old coat
, full of darns and patches, he ran out of the house without another word.
and shoes were plainly to be seen upon the scarecrow, topped with an old tam-o- shanter of Mr.
"Why, Mars Tom, I hain't got no coat
o' arm; I hain't got nuffn but dish yer ole shirt, en you knows I got to keep de journal on dat."
He could not find his handkerchief, because it was in the pocket of the coat
he had taken off, and he did not know where he had put the coat
, and all the house had to leave off looking for his tools, and start looking for his coat
; while he would dance round and hinder them.
Monsieur Thuran spread his coat
upon the bottom of the boat, and then from a handful of money he selected six franc pieces.