In all their variety of occupation,--the cobbler, the blacksmith, the soldier, the lady with her fan, the toper
with his bottle, the milkmaid sitting by her, cow--this fortunate little society might truly be said to enjoy a harmonious existence, and to make life literally a dance.
The one toper
says fusty bandias, to which the other is obliged to reply, strike pantnere, and the Friar passes many jests on the King's want of memory, who sometimes forgets the words of action.
So the friendly toper prated and questioned and kept John's heart in a flutter.
The small grey eyes blinked, the lips moved, with greed; greed was the ruling passion; and though there was some good nature, some genuine kindliness, a true human touch, in the old toper, his greed was now so set afire by hope, that all other traits of character lay dormant.
Fernand filled Caderousse's glass, who, like the confirmed toper
he was, lifted his hand from the paper and seized the glass.
After that we had everything of note, the bootblack boy, the toper
with bottle, the woolly rabbit that squeaks when you hold it in your mouth; they all vanished as inexplicably as the lady, but I dared not tell him my suspicions, for he suspected also and his gentle heart would have mourned had I confirmed his fears.
When he was thoroughly disgusted with every kind of wine, I allowed him, at his own request, to try brandy-and-water, and then gin-and-water, for the little toper
was familiar with them all, and I was determined that all should be equally hateful to him.
The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even with the arrantest topers
newly landed from sea, and they began capering about most obstreperously.
A tradition ran in the family, that Peter's grandfather, a jovial officer in the old French War, had set aside many dozens of the precious liquor for the benefit of topers
If he cannot speak like an Englishman I trow that he can fight like an Englishman, and he was hammering at the gates of Paris while ale-house topers
were grutching and grumbling at home.
The only ones that will be hurt will be the topers
and seasoned drinkers of a single generation.
Mr O'Connor drove a BMW SUV and was a regular at the Jolly Toper
bar in Finglas.