I go, slumpy, besmudged, but happy; I return, superficially immaculate but my stockings will still be blue! . . . Nina, dear, if you don't stop dragging me I'll pick you up in my arms! indeed I will "
If then the hand of the unseen Fancier is stretched forth to draw us in, how can he possibly smite any one of us, or cast us away, because we came back to him black and blue with bruises and besmudged and bedraggled past all recognition? To-day, the 7th of September, I made a discovery. The pair of red-birds that built in my cedar-trees last winter got duly away with the brood.
"I wish no better," said he, with a pringling in the eyes at this hearty greeting. "Well said, lad!" cried big John. "We three shall to the wars together, and the devil may fly away with the Abbot of Beaulieu! But your feet and hosen are all besmudged. Hast been in the water, or I am the more mistaken."
She looked up at him, raising her swollen eyelids with a great effort, in a sorrowful expression of her drooping mouth, of her whole besmudged and tear-stained face. She whispered resignedly "Leonard had some. He wanted to get married. And uncle Antonio; he sat at the door and would not go away. And Aghostina she is so poor . . . and so many, many children little children. And Luiz the engineer.