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But they could not work all night and all day as well, so at last there came an hour when Santa Claus rang a bell and said: "Now, my merry men, it is time for you to go to bed. Be up early in the morning to make more toys. Good-night, everybody!" With that he went out, buttoning his fur coat about him, and the workmen, after putting away their tools, followed.

Geoffrey looked over his shoulder to see if Reynolds heard; but the old man was busy in buttoning up his coat, and did not look his way. The day after these occurrences the French mail steamer, putting in at Cork Harbor, took on board several passengers. Among them was old Reynolds.

She blushed and smiled and fumbled his card in her confusion before she ran upstairs. Alexander paced up and down the hallway, buttoning and unbuttoning his overcoat, until she returned and took him up to Hilda's living-room. The room was empty when he entered. A coal fire was crackling in the grate and the lamps were lit, for it was already beginning to grow dark outside.

When the letter was handed back to him, he sealed it and put it into his pocket, buttoning up his coat for departure. 'Yo wor talkin abeawt dinner, Davy or summat, said the old man, courteously. Thankee kindly. I want for nowt. I mun get home I mun get home. Louie, standing absorbed in her own excited thoughts, could hardly be disturbed to say good-bye to him.

"A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!" said Scrooge, buttoning his great-coat to the chin. "But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning!" The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl.

Madeleine Penley gazed after them. Betty, who had a miserable feeling that the girl was betraying herself to men like Harding Watton or Lord Cathedine, a feeling which was, however, the creation of her own nervous excitement, tried to draw her away. But Lady Madeleine did not seem to understand. She stood mechanically buttoning and unbuttoning her long gloves.

"Indeed!" cried Lord Vincent; "and pray, Mr. Wormwood, what did you say!" "Why," answered the poet, glancing with a significant sneer over Vincent's somewhat inelegant person, "I thought of your lordship's figure, and said grace!" "Hem hem! 'Gratia malorum tam infida est quam ipsi, as Pliny says," muttered Lord Vincent, getting up hastily, and buttoning his coat.

Dunn did not reply, but, buttoning his coat, placed one hand on his companion's shoulder, and sullenly bade him "lead the way." Advancing slowly and with difficulty, the desperate man might have been taken for a peaceful invalid returning from an early morning stroll. His right hand was buried thoughtfully in the side-pocket of his coat. Only Brace knew that it rested on the handle of his pistol.

Along the streets, well-to-do Chinese appear swelled to double their usual proportions by furs and successive layers of wadded clothes, which are of such thickness as to hold the arms propped out at almost right angles to the bodies, while their heads are enveloped in bright-coloured hoods buttoning tight under the chin.

"I, for one, don't believe in allowing servants to have such cast-iron rules. It savors too much of socialism." "Exactly so," said Louis from the doorway, where he stood leisurely buttoning his gloves. "You will never pose as the goddess of liberty, ma belle soeur.

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