About half-way through the term a mania ran through the school for a game called Nibs. It was a game for two, played on a table or a form with steel pens.
"Don't ask me to play Nibs with you again," he said to Philip.
Next comes Nibs, the gay and debonair, followed by Slightly, who cuts whistles out of the trees and dances ecstatically to his own tunes.
"All I remember about my mother," Nibs told them, "is that she often said to my father, `Oh, how I wish I had a cheque-book of my own!' I don't know what a cheque-book is, but I should just love to give my mother one."
With the exception of Nibs, who has darted away to reconnoitre [look around], they are already in their home under the ground, a very delightful residence of which we shall see a good deal presently.
She took us up to her sanctum, and introduced us to her fellow dispenser, a rather awe-inspiring individual, whom Cynthia cheerily addressed as "Nibs."
The countenances of Cynthia and Nibs were suddenly petrified into a stern and forbidding expression.
He was also described quite incorrectly as the son of a man who had amassed a comfortable fortune in the manufacture of gold nibs
and the Butteridge fountain pens.
'Shall it be a hard or a soft nib
?' inquired Nicholas, smiling to prevent himself from laughing outright.
"Look!" said Faria, showing to the young man a slender stick about six inches long, and much resembling the size of the handle of a fine painting-brush, to the end of which was tied, by a piece of thread, one of those cartilages of which the abbe had before spoken to Dantes; it was pointed, and divided at the nib
like an ordinary pen.
There was a window, and a table and a chair in the window, and upon the table stood a rusty inkstand, an ashtray, an old copy of a French newspaper, and a pen with a broken nib
. Rachel sat down, as if to study the French newspaper, but a tear fell on the blurred French print, raising a soft blot.
I was writing a series of articles upon prison life, and had my nib
into the whole System; a literary and philanthropical daily was parading my "charges," the graver ones with the more gusto; and the terms, if unhandsome for creative work, were temporary wealth to me.