One joyful night, therefore, I noted down the music of the parliamentary bagpipes
for the last time, and I have never heard it since; though I still recognize the old drone in the newspapers, without any substantial variation (except, perhaps, that there is more of it), all the livelong session.
I remember, one morning, when Glumdalclitch had set me in a box upon a window, as she usually did in fair days to give me air(for I durst not venture to let the box be hung on a nail out of the window, as we do with cages in England), after I had lifted up one of my sashes, and sat down at my table to eat a piece of sweet cake for my breakfast, above twenty wasps, allured by the smell, came flying into the room, humming louder than the drones of as many bagpipes
Then, when they had eaten and drunk as much as they could, and when the day faded and the great moon arose, all red and round, over the spires and towers of Nottingham Town, they joined hands and danced around the fires, to the music of bagpipes
I knew a young fellow once, who was studying to play the bagpipes
, and you would be surprised at the amount of opposition he had to contend with.
A Fisher once took his bagpipes
to the bank of a river, and played upon them with the hope of making the fish rise; but never a one put his nose out of the water.
Being a great sleeper, and fond of his bed, it is possible he would have snoozed on until his usual hour of rising in the forenoon, in spite of all the drums, bugles, and bagpipes
in the British army, but for an interruption, which did not come from George Osborne, who shared Jos's quarters with him, and was as usual occupied too much with his own affairs or with grief at parting with his wife, to think of taking leave of his slumbering brother-in-law--it was not George, we say, who interposed between Jos Sedley and sleep, but Captain Dobbin, who came and roused him up, insisting on shaking hands with him before his departure.
The notes of a Zamora bagpipe
accompanied them, and with modesty in their countenances and in their eyes, and lightness in their feet, they looked the best dancers in the world.
He was the usual cut and dry apothecary, of no particular age and colour, with a strong Edinburgh accent and about as emotional as a bagpipe
Give the lads a bagpipe
instead of a rattle, and I'll answer for it the corn 'll be safe.
So we hunted up the old stories, got a bagpipe
, put on our plaids, and went in, heart and soul, for the glory of the Clan.
These books excited little Robert so much that if ever a recruiting sergeant came to his village, he would strut up and down in raptures after the drum and bagpipe
, and long to be tall enough to be a soldier.
Indeed, this deformed, unrecognizable object, reduced to nothing, was the body of Satellite, flattened like a bagpipe
without wind, and ever mounting, mounting!