"Because his majesty gives way sometimes to jest very compromising for his servants; and jesting, my lord, is a weapon that seriously wounds men of the sword, as we are."
"Well, now, for my part," said he, with the most natural air possible, "I am not an enemy of jesting, my dear Monsieur d'Artagnan; my soldiers will tell you that even many times in camp, I listened very indifferently, and with a certain pleasure, to the satirical songs which the army of Lambert passed into mine, and which, certainly, would have caused the ears of a general more susceptible than I am to tingle."
The tenderness of lovers can ill brook the least jesting
with the names of their mistresses.
To tell you the truth, I had supposed that YOU were jesting
in your letter; wherefore, my heart was feeling heavy at the thought that you could feel so displeased with me.
"You're back from leave, I suppose?" he said, and without waiting for a reply, he turned to his wife in his jesting tone: "Well, were a great many tears shed at Moscow at parting?"
Most fortunate," he said to his wife, dismissing Vronsky altogether, "that I should just have half an hour to meet you, so that I can prove my devotion," he went on in the same jesting tone.
"You lay too much stress on your devotion for me to value it much," she responded in the same jesting tone, involuntarily listening to the sound of Vronsky's steps behind them.
"I am not jesting with you; please be silent!" cried Bolkonski, and taking Nesvitski's arm he left Zherkov, who did not know what to say.
*"Forty thousand men massacred and the army of our allies destroyed, and you find that a cause for jesting!"
HIBERNIAN head coach Paul Heckingbottom is not expecting to be hauled before disciplinary bosses after insisting he was only jesting
when he said he felt like knocking out fourth official Gavin Duncan's teeth.
So the next time the heaven's thunder rolls We will know it's you waving your tickling sticks Making the Gods laugh out loud With a bellyful of merriment Joker's jokes of spontaneity and theatrical gaiety The ultimate jesters jesting
On a lighter note, Alami points out: "The name came about when people kept telling us to stop jesting
, it won't happen and we were determined to be the first jesters."