"Ho, ho! you vile thief, who have ventured to rob me of my young ones; I have found you at last!" she exclaimed at least, she thought as much, if she did not say it. The spaniel barked defiance, answering "They are my own puppies; you know they are as unlike as possible to your little, tiresome, frisky mewlings."
The damage she did cost several pounds; so we asked a friend who had a good cook, fond of cats, to take care of Tabby the next time she gave signs of having a family, as we knew she would be well fed. We sent her in a basket completely covered up; and she was shut into a room, where she soon exhibited a progeny of young mewlings.
For my mother and my nurses did not fill their own bosoms, but Thou, O Lord, by their means gavest me the food of infancy, according to Thy ordinance...." And see! his heart overflows at this remembrance of his mother's milk. The great doctor humbles his style, makes it simple and familiar, to tell us of his first mewlings, and of his baby angers and joys.