In the center was a mahogany table, covered with books, and smokers' implements; the walls were decorated with college trophies and colors--flags, posters, photographs and knickknacks--tennis rackets
, canoe paddles, golf clubs, and polo sticks.
The truth is, I came to the gate, where some dozen or so of devils were playing tennis, all in breeches and doublets, with falling collars trimmed with Flemish bonelace, and ruffles of the same that served them for wristbands, with four fingers' breadth of the arms exposed to make their hands look longer; in their hands they held rackets
of fire; but what amazed me still more was that books, apparently full of wind and rubbish, served them for tennis balls, a strange and marvellous thing; this, however, did not astonish me so much as to observe that, although with players it is usual for the winners to be glad and the losers sorry, there in that game all were growling, all were snarling, and all were cursing one another.
The young lady, however, is also very intimate with some third-rate Italians, with whom she rackets
about in a way that makes much talk.
He wos a wery peaceful, inoffendin' little creetur, and wos alvays a-bustlin' about for somebody, or playin' rackets
and never vinnin'; till at last the turnkeys they got quite fond on him, and he wos in the lodge ev'ry night, a-chattering vith 'em, and tellin' stories, and all that 'ere.
Yes, Jo was a very happy woman there, in spite of hard work, much anxiety, and a perpetual racket
What a relief it was to choking Stubb, when a rat made a sudden racket
in the hold below.
I meant to work this racket
more and more, as time wore on, if nothing occurred to frighten me.
It was very sweet and humble and obedient she looked, sitting there, still as a mouse; I could hardly keep from setting her free and telling her to make as much racket
as she wanted to.
En I reck'n de wives quarrels considable; en dat 'crease de racket
I tried two of the keys, just as soft as I could; but they seemed to make such a power of racket
that I couldn't hardly get my breath I was so scared.
They made a tremendous racket
as they passed through the trees in an endeavor to suggest to enemies in their front that a great herd was approaching, for when the baboons travel in large numbers there is no jungle creature who cares to molest them.
Nevertheless, he sought society; for on Sunday, when the ladies Rochefeuille, Monsieur de Houppeville and the new habitues, Onfroy, the chemist, Monsieur Varin and Captain Mathieu, dropped in for their game of cards, he struck the window-panes with his wings and made such a racket
that it was impossible to talk.