Poyser had thought of Dinah several times since Adam had come in, but she had had "no heart" to mention the bad news.
If her tongue's keen, her heart's tender: I've seen that in times o' trouble.
They were much quoted at sheep-shearing and haymaking times, but I refrain from recording them here, lest Tom's wit should prove to be like that of many other bygone jesters eminent in their day--rather of a temporary nature, not dealing with the deeper and more lasting relations of things.
Mrs Cratchit made the gravy (ready beforehand in a little saucepan) hissing hot; Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigour; Miss Belinda sweetened up the apple-sauce; Martha dusted the hot plates; Bob took Tiny Tim beside him in a tiny corner at the table; the two young Cratchits set chairs for everybody, not forgetting themselves, and mounting guard upon their posts, crammed spoons into their mouths, lest they should shriek for goose before their turn came to be helped.
Bob's voice was tremulous when he told them this, and trembled more when he said that Tiny Tim was growing strong and hearty.
We mustn't look ostentatious; put me down ten pound, and Tim Linkinwater ten pound.
Tim is getting old, and Tim has been a faithful servant, brother Ned; and I don't think pensioning Tim's mother and sister, and buying a little tomb for the family when his poor brother died, was a sufficient recompense for his faithful services.'
Here Tim, from the Control Platform, shouts that we are to get into our inflators and to bring him his at once.
George takes the wheel until Tim has blown himself up to the extreme of rotundity.
"If Tim's eligible now, he was eligible the first time.
Another quarter of an hour was spent in clearing the track of the excited crowd, and this time only Tim and Red-head toed the mark.
Tormented, incited to hate, he was kept a prisoner so that there was no way of satisfying that hate except at the times
his master saw fit to put another dog against him.