Playing bumble-puppy with Minnie Beebe, niece to the rector, and aged thirteen--an ancient and most honourable game, which consists in striking tennis-balls high into the air, so that they fall over the net and immoderately bounce; some hit Mrs.
Cecil was absent--one did not play bumble-puppy when he was there.
"Saturn's all right for bumble-puppy," cried Freddy, joining them.
"Lucy, don't desert us--go on playing bumble-puppy. Really, the Pension Bertolini must have been the oddest place.