"Well, then, if it don't itch and can't itch, what in the nation is it scratching
A COCK, scratching
for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone and exclaimed: "If your owner had found thee, and not I, he would have taken thee up, and have set thee in thy first estate; but I have found thee for no purpose.
Upon this the poor mariners in their respectful consternation --so truly English --knowing not what to say, fall to vigorously scratching
their heads all round; meanwhile ruefully glancing from the whale to the stranger.
Thoughtfully removing his crown and scratching
the royal head, the monarch was silent a moment, and then he said:
In like manner I apprehend, some future historian (if any one shall do me the honour of imitating my manner) will, after much scratching
his pate, bestow some good wishes on my memory, for having first established these several initial chapters; most of which, like modern prologues, may as properly be prefixed to any other book in this history as to that which they introduce, or indeed to any other history as to this.
"Oh, I see!" he then said, laughing and scratching
"Thank ye," said John, "I think you are quite in the right place, and maybe a little scratching
will teach you not to leap a pony over a gate that is too high for him," and so with that John rode off.
He took a tremendous jump off the top of the wall on to the top of the cat, and cuffed it off the basket, and kicked it into the garden-house, scratching
off a handful of fur.
For a hunt and a gallop, eh?" asked Nicholas, scratching
Milka behind the ears.
I have been a little indisposed through a certain scratching
I came in for, not very much to the benefit of my nose; but it was nothing; for if there are enchanters who maltreat me, there are also some who defend me.
"Some go clawing trees; some go scratching
at the graves of the dead; some go fighting with foreheads or feet or claws; some bite suddenly, none giving occasion; some love uncleanness."
But now they came to the door again, and once more the scratching
commenced; this time with increasing force until the great beast was tearing at the massive panels in a perfect frenzy of eagerness to seize its defenseless victims.