The evening of that day being one of the reading evenings at the Bower, Mr Boffin kissed Mrs Boffin after a five o'clock dinner, and trotted out, nursing his big stick
in both arms, so that, as of old, it seemed to be whispering in his ear.
He sauntered along, wearing his hat a little on one side, with a light jaunty step, swinging his big stick
, humming to himself, looking up from time to time at the houses and gardens on either side of him with superb, smiling patronage.
At first I took it for a rumbling in my ears - such as a man sometimes experiences when getting very drunk - but, upon second thought, I considered the sound as more nearly resembling that which proceeds from an empty barrel beaten with a big stick
; and, in fact, this I should have concluded it to be, but for the articulation of the syllables and words.
"There stood the Miller with a lantern in one hand and a big stick
in the other.
As the cocked hat would have been spoiled if left there, Sam very considerately flattened it down on the head of the gentleman in blue, and putting the big stick
in his hand, propped him up against his own street-door, rang the bell, and walked quietly home.
After that, having acquired a taste for the water, I did a good deal of rafting in various suburban brickfields - an exercise providing more interest and excitement than might be imagined, especially when you are in the middle of the pond and the proprietor of the materials of which the raft is constructed suddenly appears on the bank, with a big stick
in his hand.
How his grandfather, in the early days of the great war, when there was much distress and crime in the Vale, and the magistrates had been threatened by the mob, had ridden in with a big stick
in his hand, and held the petty sessions by himself.
"I would get a big stick
, beat you black and blue, and then lock you up on bread and water for a week."
I had a big stick
ready cut for to gib him deuced good beating when he did come - but Ise sich a fool dat I hadn't de heart arter all - he look so berry poorly."
When they brought me to James and told him I think he was very angry to see such big sticks
. He said they were only fit for drovers or gypsies, and not for young gentlemen."
If there is anything that is not to be tolerated on any terms, anything that is a type of Jack-in-office insolence and absurdity, anything that represents in coats, waistcoats, and big sticks
our English holding on by nonsense after every one has found it out, it is a beadle.
We speak softly but carry a big stick
and inform you about the big Cyber attack here.