"I was thinking of the younger son, whom I once classed as a ninny
, but who came back so ill from Nigeria.
"He relates that he met at Brussels Rochefort, the AME DAMNEE of the cardinal disguised as a Capuchin, and that this cursed Rochefort, thanks to his disguise, had tricked Monsieur de Laigues, like a ninny
as he is."
"The Colonel is a ninny
, my dear; because he has two thousand a-year himself, he thinks that nobody else can marry on less.
And of course he's listening to her like a perfect ninny
. I never saw such an infatuated man.
And if she goes against it Peter will too--the ninny
!--and it wouldn't be any fun if we weren't all in it."
"Don't quote that old ninny
to me," cried Miss Cornelia.
After hot muffins, it says, "Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field - a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life." And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh - drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny
is poor man whose wit and will are drowned, like kittens, side by side, in half an inch of alcohol."
I ought to have gone without a word to the poor dear doting old creature, and taken her out of the hands of that ninny
Briggs, and that harpy of a femme de chambre.
'Miss Catherine, as the ninny
calls her, will discover his value, and send him to the devil.
His only servant was a sort of Jocrisse, a lad of the neighborhood, rather a ninny
, trained slowly and with difficulty to du Bousquier's requirements.
'I mean, I restored him to the bosom of the club, and compassionating the feebleness of his health and extreme lowness of his spirits, I recommended him to "take a little wine for his stomach's sake," and, when he was sufficiently re-established, to embrace the media-via, ni-jamais-ni-toujours plan - not to kill himself like a fool, and not to abstain like a ninny
- in a word, to enjoy himself like a rational creature, and do as I did; for, don't think, Helen, that I'm a tippler; I'm nothing at all of the kind, and never was, and never shall be.
Thus he sought pathetically enough to ingratiate himself with the young, and to prove to them beyond a doubt that though married to a ninny
of a wife, and rather pale and bent and careworn by his weight of learning, he was as much alive as the youngest of them all.