He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling
, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto!
"And when you have once planted it, you will communicate to me all the circumstances which may interest our nursling
; such as change of weather, footprints on the walks, or footprints in the borders.
ON the morning of a fine June day my first bonny little nursling
, and the last of the ancient Earnshaw stock, was born.
O Polybus, O Corinth, O my home, Home of my ancestors (so wast thou called) How fair a nursling
then I seemed, how foul The canker that lay festering in the bud!
Silas began now to think of Raveloe life entirely in relation to Eppie: she must have everything that was a good in Raveloe; and he listened docilely, that he might come to understand better what this life was, from which, for fifteen years, he had stood aloof as from a strange thing, with which he could have no communion: as some man who has a precious plant to which he would give a nurturing home in a new soil, thinks of the rain, and the sunshine, and all influences, in relation to his nursling
, and asks industriously for all knowledge that will help him to satisfy the wants of the searching roots, or to guard leaf and bud from invading harm.
The fact was she had purchased it when but a small puppy, insisting at first that no one should touch it but herself; but soon becoming tired of so helpless and troublesome a nursling
, she had gladly yielded to my entreaties to be allowed to take charge of it; and I, by carefully nursing the little creature from infancy to adolescence, of course, had obtained its affections: a reward I should have greatly valued, and looked upon as far outweighing all the trouble I had had with it, had not poor Snap's grateful feelings exposed him to many a harsh word and many a spiteful kick and pinch from his owner, and were he not now in danger of being
Like the basket- maker's wife, clasping her first nursling
to her breast, did not I already fondly cherish the hopes of the future of this poor district?
At nineteen, his hand had inscribed in chalk on that part of the wall which fronted her lodgings, on the occasion of her birthday, 'Welcome sweet nursling
of the Fairies!' At twenty-three, the same hand falteringly presented cigars on Sundays to the Father of the Marshalsea, and Father of the queen of his soul.
The moment past, Twemlow drops his eyeglass at its ribbon's length, rises, and closes the book with an emphasis which makes that fragile nursling
of the fairies, Tippins, start.
Take her as the visionary nursling
of your own fancy; and she will grow upon you, all the more clearly, as the living woman who dwells in mine.
I do not blame Oxford, because I think Oxford is quite right in demanding a certain social amenity from its nurslings
Frederick Bullock would gather her starched nurslings
and simper back into her carriage.