The streaming eyes blinked absurdly. Behind him, with a whirring sound, a metallic voice assailed them in a gabble of words, at first husky and broken, then clear, nasal, a voice from neither Europe nor Asia, but America: "Then did I laff? Ooh, aha-ha ha ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! I could not help but laffing, Ooh, aha-ha ..."
'Aha-ha! I thought. 'Then there's no doubt about the flying. Well, and how do I look to-day? I added aloud. 'How do you look? Let me have a look at you. You've got thinner a bit. Yes, and you're pale, master; to be sure, there's not a drop of blood in your face. I felt a slight twinge of uneasiness.... I dismissed Marfa.
A group of students, white with snow, passed him laughing and talking gaily; one, a tall thin fellow, stopped, glanced into Vassilyev's face, and said in a drunken voice: "One of us! A bit on, old man? Aha-ha! Never mind, have a good time! Don't be down-hearted, old chap!"
The winter would have fallen bitterly upon an outdoor merchant lacking Toby's confident heart, but on the coldest days, when Bertha looked out, she always found him slapping his hands, and trudging up and down in the snow in front of the little box; and, as soon as he caught sight of her "Aha-ha, du libra Ogostine, Ogostine, Ogostine!"