"Very likely," answered Sancho, "though I do not know it; all I know is that since we have been knights-errant, or since your worship has been one (for I have no right to reckon myself one of so honourable a number) we have never won any battle except the one with the Biscayan, and even out of that your worship car-ne with half an ear and half a helmet the less; and from that till now it has been all cudgellings
and more cudgellings
, cuffs and more cuffs, I getting the blanketing over and above, and falling in with enchanted persons on whom I cannot avenge myself so as to know what the delight, as your worship calls it, of conquering an enemy is like."
In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed, but then every one knew him, and his owner came up and gave him a sound cudgelling
for the fright he had caused.
Yes," thinks I,"it was only a playful cudgelling
--in fact, only a whaleboning that he gave me --not a base kick.
And all the time, deliriously happy, talking in the gentlest and most delicate terms that might not offend her sensitive ears, I was cudgelling
my brains in an effort to divine what I was expected to do.
'Tis very ill done, I am conscious, to expose messieurs the sergeants of the watch to the liability of cudgelling
beneath this cassock the humerus of a Pythagorean philosopher.
And as he continued to stare at her hat and think, the hurt he had received passed away, and he found himself cudgelling
his brains for some way out of the muddle--for some method by which she could remain on Berande.
Gamfield's most sanguine estimate of his finances could not raise them within full five pounds of the desired amount; and, in a species of arthimetical desperation, he was alternately cudgelling
his brains and his donkey, when passing the workhouse, his eyes encountered the bill on the gate.
I tell you plainly, we shall be wasting our time, and cudgelling
our brains to no purpose, if we attempt to try back, and unravel this frightful complication from the beginning.
17 June.--This morning, as I was sitting on the edge of my bed cudgelling
my brains, I heard without a crackling of whips and pounding and scraping of horses' feet up the rocky path beyond the courtyard.
Edna nodded carelessly, though inwardly anxious and cudgelling
her brains for something to turn the conversation.