quest of mine, was it not understood between us from the beginning to be a fantastic whim, a poetical wild-goose chase, conceived entirely as an excuse for being some time in each other's company?
"Well, do you recognize your little madcap
playmate?" asked the countess.
And they were already smiling rather too broadly upon Sorelli, who had begun to recite her speech, when an exclamation from that little madcap
of a Jammes broke the smile of the managers so brutally that the expression of distress and dismay that lay beneath it became apparent to all eyes:
"Oh, you madcap
!" exclaimed the elder girl, when the other entered.
"What a madcap
I was, and what a stupid fellow I am!
Come down to breakfast, madcap
, and come down lightly, or you'll wake your mother.
Madame de Villefort merely cried, -- "Be still, Edward!" She then added, -- "This young madcap
is, however, very nearly right, and merely re-echoes what he has heard me say with pain a hundred times; for Mademoiselle de Villefort is, in spite of all we can do to rouse her, of a melancholy disposition and taciturn habit, which frequently injure the effect of her beauty.
It has been truly said that a little learning is a dangerous thing, and you have exemplified it to-night with your madcap
He looked years younger, mischievous and merry and alert as I remembered him of old in the breathless crisis of some madcap
But it was difficult to repulse rudely a very good comrade with a smooth pink face and fair hair, bearing the nickname amongst his fellow-students of "Madcap
Kostia." He was the idolized only son of a very wealthy and illiterate Government contractor, and attended the lectures only during the periodical fits of contrition following upon tearful paternal remonstrances.
Sometimes his crew would be heard dashing along past the farmhouses at midnight, with whoop and halloo, like a troop of Don Cossacks; and the old dames, startled out of their sleep, would listen for a moment till the hurry-scurry had clattered by, and then exclaim, "Ay, there goes Brom Bones and his gang!" The neighbors looked upon him with a mixture of awe, admiration, and good-will; and, when any madcap
prank or rustic brawl occurred in the vicinity, always shook their heads, and warranted Brom Bones was at the bottom of it.
"Sally had been bribed by promises of as many 'goodies' as she could eat, and being a regular madcap
, she was ready for anything.