You bein' tired, an' sleppy, an' miser'ble, now mebbe that's jest wot's keppin' him back " Diane shook her head. She saw through his round-about subterfuge, and its kindliness touched her. "No, no, Joe," she said almost tenderly. "Not on your life. You would give me your last crust if you were starving.
But I'll say right here, he's wide enough to beat most any feller at any bluff he's got savvee to put up. Howsum, every 'smart' falls fer things at times. Y'see, they get lookin' fer rich strikes that hard, an' are so busy keppin' other folks out o' them, it's dead easy gettin' 'em trippin'. Guess that tow-headed sucker, Zip, 's got him trippin' about now, sure." Minky shook his head.
He's fed the kiddies, which was the most ne'ssary thing. As for keppin' the place clean," he pointed at the small sea of milk which still stood in pools on the floor "I don't guess he's much when it comes to cleanin' anything not even hisself. I 'low he's wrecked things some. Ther's a heap of milk wasted. Howsum " "Say!" cried the outraged Sunny. But Bill would allow no interruption.