. Strictly this word is not indigenous to the whale's vocabulary.
Fancy a surgeon, with his nippers
lifting tendons, muscles and such things into view, out of the complex machinery of a corpse, and observing, "Now this little nerve quivers--the vibration is imparted to this muscle--from here it is passed to this fibrous substance; here its ingredients are separated by the chemical action of the blood--one part goes to the heart and thrills it with what is popularly termed emotion, another part follows this nerve to the brain and communicates intelligence of a startling character--the third part glides along this passage and touches the spring connected with the fluid receptacles that lie in the rear of the eye.
The contents of the boy's pockets naturally made a larger heap, and included marbles, a ball of string, an electric torch, a magnet, a small catapult, and, of course, a large pocketknife, almost to be described as a small tool box, a complex apparatus on which he seemed disposed to linger, pointing out that it included a pair of nippers
, a tool for punching holes in wood, and, above all, an instrument for taking stones out of a horse's hoof.
Nipper Nasmyth had been head of our school when Raffles was captain of cricket.
Yet of the throng, though two or three looked twice and thrice at Raffles, neither he nor I knew a soul until we had to change at the junction near our journey's end, when, as I say, it was I who recognized Nipper Nasmyth at sight.
And I think the Nipper recalled that name as he ground his heel upon an unresponsive flagstone.
I only know how the temperature of that meeting rose with Nipper Nasmyth.
Raffles returned to Nipper Nasmyth before the staring eyes and startled ears of all.
You might think that in the circumstances he would not have attended the head master's ball with which the evening ended; but that would be sadly to misjudge so perverse a creature as the notorious Nipper. He was probably one of those who protest that there is "nothing personal" in their most personal attacks.
I knew too many of the things he did," said Nipper Nasmyth.
Gravely he dismissed the hypothesis of Stevie being a drunken young nipper
"D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled them ever since I was a nipper
? I tell you, all those birds that went to the Alpha were town bred."