In appearance and atmosphere he was a strapping
big college man, smooth-faced and easy-mannered, clean and simple and wholesome, with a known record of being a splendid athlete and an implied vast possession of cold culture of the inhibited sort.
Prink half an hour, and put on her wad," answered the irreverent Tom, whose preparations for school consisted in flinging his cap on to his head, and strapping
up several big books, that looked as if they were sometimes used as weapons of defence.
The Morriseys were a huge breed, and there were many strapping
great sons and uncles, heavy-booted, big-fisted, rough- voiced.
His wife was a "hustler," who gloried in hustling; his family got a comfortable living off the farm; and his strapping
sons and daughters, inheriting their mother's energy, were all in a fair way to do well in the world.
I would give much to be able to peep through a keyhole and see the dauntless little lady, terrible in her wrath and dignity, standing on tiptoe to box the ears of some great strapping
girl big enough to eat her.
Annie was a fine, strapping
girl, and was evidently labouring under intense excitement, mingled with a certain ghoulish enjoyment of the tragedy.
Perhaps for a day or two before, but at any rate on "veast day" and the day after, in our village, you might see strapping, healthy young men and women from all parts of the country going round from house to house in their best clothes, and finishing up with a call on Madam Brown, whom they would consult as to putting out their earnings to the best advantage, or how best to expend the same for the benefit of the old folk.
And then three or four other hats, including the glossy castor of Joe Willis, the self-elected and would-be champion of the neighbourhood, a well-to-do young butcher of twenty-eight or thereabouts, and a great strapping fellow, with his full allowance of bluster.
No no,' said Joe--finding, however, something very engrossing to do in the way of strapping and buckling--'Miss Dolly quite well?
So saying, he raised his face, which was very red,--no doubt from the exertion of strapping and buckling as aforesaid,--and giving the reins to the old man, who had by this time taken his seat, sighed again and bade him good night.
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