Sometimes, notwithstanding the snow, when I returned from my walk at evening I crossed the deep tracks of a woodchopper leading from my door, and found his pile of whittlings
on the hearth, and my house filled with the odor of his pipe.
Now, say--my friend--don't you know any better than to be whittling
the ship all to pieces that way?
replied Tom Hunter, whittling
with his bowie-knife the arms of his easy chair; "but if that be the case there, all that is left for us is to plant tobacco and distill whale-oil.
But just then he discovered the man's left arm had fallen off in the journey so he went back to find it, and afterward, by whittling
a new and stouter pin for the shoulder-joint, he repaired the injury so successfully that the arm was stronger than before.
May be not, taking out a stick and whittling
a toothpick, but I rayther guess you'll be done brown if that ere harpooneer hears you a slanderin' his head.
John Thornton was whittling
the last touches on an axe-handle he had made from a stick of birch.
There was empty drygoods boxes under the awnings, and loafers roosting on them all day long, whittling
them with their Barlow knives; and chawing tobacco, and gaping and yawning and stretching -- a mighty ornery lot.
All the time you're whittling
your conscience away - if ever you had any.
The boy was sitting in a disconsolate little heap by the roadside, whittling
half-heartedly at a small stick.
Tom had been too much interested in his talk with Luke, in going the round of the premises, walking in and out where he pleased, and whittling
sticks without any particular reason,--except that he didn't whittle sticks at school,--to think of Maggie and the effect his anger had produced on her.
What with whittling
the switchboards, swearing at subscribers, playing tricks with the wires, and roaring on all occasions like young bulls of Bashan, the boys in the first exchanges did their full share in adding to the troubles of the business.