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Presently a rabbit appeared, hopping along in a crazy way, and ran plump into the jaws of a wolf cub, which leaped up as if out of the ground, and pulled down his game from the very top of the high jump which Moktaques always gives when he is suddenly startled. Another and another rabbit appeared mysteriously, and doubled back into the cover before they could be caught.
Say, Mag, I wouldn't like to get that man Obermuller hopping mad at me, and Nancy Olden's no coward, either. But the way he gritted his teeth at that note and the devil in his eyes when he lifted them from it, made me wonder how I'd ever dared be facetious with him. I got up to go. He'd forgotten me, but he looked up then.
"Now to rub and scrub and scrub and rub," said Phyllis, hopping joyously about as Bobbie carefully carried the heavy kettle from the kitchen fire. "Oh, no!" said Bobbie, greatly shocked; "you don't rub muslin. You put the boiled soap in the hot water and make it all frothy-lathery and then you shake the muslin and squeeze it, ever so gently, and all the dirt comes out.
That was perhaps true, of course, but it was not for her to think so." "Huh! I should think not, indeed!" agreed the Babe severely. "Well," continued Uncle Andy, now quite absorbed in his narrative, "the other youngster, not to be outdone, went hopping up in great excitement from branch to branch, till he was some ten feet above the rest of the family.
She paused a moment, and then added with a touch of awe in her voice, "You are CLEVER, aren't you?" Sara looked out of the window into the dingy square, where the sparrows were hopping and twittering on the wet, iron railings and the sooty branches of the trees. She reflected a few moments.
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe now told for the first time
A robin with a worm in its bill was hopping across the grass; he whistled softly, the bird stopped, cocking its head and regarding them. Suddenly, in conflict with her desire to remain indefinitely talking with this strange man, Janet felt an intense impulse to leave. She could bear the conversation no longer, she might burst into tears such was the extraordinary effect he had produced on her.
Put them right into the fireplace, and light them to boil the kettle." "All right; and O Sara! do let's have some crisp fried potatoes with our herring: this work has made me as hungry as a black bear!" "Yes, yes, do, Sara!" cried Molly, hopping up and down. "And some molasses on our bread too; the butter's all gone." "Well, Molly, you'll have to slice the potatoes then."
Gerda was obliged to rest herself again, when, exactly opposite to her, a large Raven came hopping over the white snow. He had long been looking at Gerda and shaking his head; and now he said, "Caw! Caw!" Good day! Good day! He could not say it better; but he felt a sympathy for the little girl, and asked her where she was going all alone.
"No, I don't mean Princey," said the child decisively; "I mean my sick man." "It's Jasper's father, I guess she means," said Mrs. Pepper over in the corner; "but what in the world!" "Yes, yes," cried Phronsie, perfectly delighted at being at last understood, and hopping on one toe; "my sick man."
Below it, and a little beyond it, between it and the river, night gathers in the gardens; and there, amid serious greens, passes the black stain of a man's coat, and, in a line with the coat, in the beautifully swaying branch, a belated sparrow is hopping from twig to twig, awakening his mates in search for a satisfactory resting-place.