Eleanor, I'm surprised at you trying to make a loafer out of me!" She leant forward and pulled him suddenly backwards and he fell into the bottom of the boat. "We'll all be drowned," he shouted. "I'll cowp the boat if you assault me again!..." "What does 'cowp' mean?" she demanded. "In God's name, girl, where were you brought up not to know what 'cowp' means! Upset!" said he.
He has expressed his love of festina lente in business in a score of proverbs "Bit-by-bit's the better horse, though big-by-big's the baulder;" "Ca' canny, or ye'll cowp;" "Many a little makes a mickle;" and "Creep before ye gang." This mingling of caution and imagination is the cause of his stable prosperity. And its characteristic is a sure progressiveness.
On reaching the next rapid, Treffle asked all who could to get out and walk along the bank, as the boat was drawing too much water. Robbie wanted to go with us, but grannie clung to him. 'Should the boatie cowp, who would save him gin I was na at hand? she asked. To help the crew, we pulled at a towline until she got to another small canal.