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ostler

, hostler
Archaic a stableman, esp one at an inn
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'Now, shiny Villiam,' said the hostler to the deputy hostler,
Pickwick's left hand; and the upper hostler thrust a whip into his right.
'Only his playfulness, gen'lm'n,' said the head hostler encouragingly; 'jist kitch hold on him, Villiam.' The deputy restrained the animal's impetuosity, and the principal ran to assist Mr.
'Let 'em go,' cried the hostler.--'Hold him in, sir;' and away went the chaise, and the saddle-horse, with Mr.
Winkle with a heavy clothes-brush, indulging, during the operation, in that hissing sound which hostlers are wont to produce when engaged in rubbing down a horse.
Then there was the music of the rattling harness, and the ring of the horses' feet on the hard road, and the glare of the two bright lamps through the steaming hoar frost, over the leaders' ears, into the darkness, and the cheery toot of the guard's horn, to warn some drowsy pikeman or the hostler at the next change; and the looking forward to daylight; and last, but not least, the delight of returning sensation in your toes.
The coachman catches his whip into a double thong, and throws it to the hostler; the steam of the horses rises straight up into the air.
"Time's up." They are out again and up; coachee the last, gathering the reins into his hands and talking to Jem the hostler about the mare's shoulder, and then swinging himself up on to the box--the horses dashing off in a canter before he falls into his seat.
the hostlers let go their heads, the four bays plunge at the collar, and away goes the Tally-ho into the darkness, forty-five seconds from the time they pulled up.
This is done leisurely and in a highly-finished manner by the hostlers, as if they enjoyed the not being hurried.
"I count the remaining days of summers and get happy thinking of the approaching monsoon," said Thackrey, a hostler studying in Bhopal.
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