The war, which had been a-hatching ever since the imperial election at Frankfort, burst out in 1521, between Francis I. and Charles V. Francis raised four armies in order to face it on all his frontiers, in Guienne, in Burgundy, in Champagne, and in Picardy, "where there was no army," says Du Bellai, "however small."
'Choke, chicken, there's more a-hatching, said Miss Mag, in a sort of aside, and cutting a flic-flac with a merry devilish laugh, and a wink to Puddock. That officer, being a gentleman, was a good deal disconcerted, and scandalised too literal to see, and too honest to enjoy, the absurd side of the combat.
"Oh, I can talk, or I can listen. But you won't do neither. Pretty company YOU are, a-hatching of your egg." "Well, sir," said the meek woman to Henry, "the rough gentleman he is right. If you are in trouble, the best way is to let your tongue put it off your heart." "I'm sure you are very kind," said Henry, "but really my trouble is one of those out-of-the-way things that do not interest people.
I could but tell them how I had just emerged from dungeon and jacket in the morning, and without rhyme or reason, so far as I could discover, had been put back in the dungeon after being out only several hours. My record as an incorrigible was in my favour, and soon they began to talk. As I lay there and listened, for the first time I learned of the break that had been a-hatching.