Macey's looking for a word from us," said Dolly; "he'll be hurt if we pass him and say nothing--and him so racked with rheumatiz
'But he says, "It'll do your rheumatiz good to hobble to church: there's nothing like exercise for the rheumatiz.
'Well, my rheumatiz got better--I know not whether wi' going to church or not, but one frosty Sunday I got this cold i' my eyes.
,' says I, when it grips me hard, `you've GOT to stop aching sometime.
And his wife dealt out stockings, and calico shirts, and smock frocks, and comforting drinks to the old folks with the "rheumatiz
," and good counsel to all; and kept the coal and clothes' clubs going, for yule-tide, when the bands of mummers came round, dressed out in ribbons and coloured paper caps, and stamped round the Squire's kitchen, repeating in true sing-song vernacular the legend of St.
Sho 'nuff, when Henry begun ter draw up wid de rheumatiz
en it look like he gwine ter die for sho, his noo master sen' fer Mars Dugal', en Mars Dugal' gin him what promus, en brung Henry home ag'in.
Only let the rheumatiz
and other sicknesses keep clear of me, and I ask no flavors or favors from any." (15) His rationalization preserves his male dignity at the expense of masking the grim facts of his circumstances.
Phil adds rheumatiz
, collywobbles, blahs, and nubs.
Most people still think of it as the aches and pains of old age -- what our grandparents called "rheumatiz
." Many people still think nothing can be done for it.