Then out of sheer nervousness she blundered into the harshest possible answer. "Well, they said that Mr. Helbeck could do no different, that he did it to save his sister from knowing " "Knowing what?" said Laura. Polly declared that she wasn't just certain. "A set o' slanderin backbitin tabbies as soom o' them Catholics is!" But she believed they said that Mr.
'Pears Like somebody has been slanderin' her, for she begs and pleads with Durward, as she calls him, not to believe it. Ain't you the one she means?" Durward nodded, and Mrs. Aldergrass continued: "I thought so, for when the stage driv up she was standin' straight in the bed, ravin' and screechin', but the minit she heard your voice she dropped down, and has been as quiet ever since.
Standin' right here I seem to sort o' see a vision o' things comin' on like a pernicious fever. I seem to see all them boys good boys, mind you, as far as they go only they don't travel more'n 'bout an inch lyin', an' slanderin', an' thievin', an' shootin', an' an' committin' every blamed sin ever invented since Pharo's daughter got busy makin' up fairy yarns 'bout them bulrushes "
"I tell you what it is, landlord," said I quite calmly, "you'd better stop spinning that yarn to me I'm not green." "May be not," taking out a stick and whittling a toothpick, "but I rayther guess you'll be done BROWN if that ere harpooneer hears you a slanderin' his head." "I'll break it for him," said I, now flying into a passion again at this unaccountable farrago of the landlord's.
Pat gasped for breath. "Ye towld him that! Ye did! Yer a danged sun- baked herrin' av a man wid no proper spirit at all. Fwhat the hell do ye mane to be so slanderin' me reputation an' two or three hundred miles av disert between me an' him? For a sup av wather I'd go to ye wid me two hands." Texas Joe laughed outright. "Let's have another drink instead," he said.
"With what?" shouted I. "With heads to be sure; ain't there too many heads in the world?" "I tell you what it is, landlord," said I quite calmly, "you'd better stop spinning that yarn to me I'm not green." "May be not," taking out a stick and whittling a toothpick, "but I rayther guess you'll be done brown if that ere harpooneer hears you a slanderin' his head."
Many a 'oman so ugly that she wasn't any temptation even for Sin to mate with her, has done more harm with her slanderin' tongue an' hypocrisy than a fallen 'oman has with her whole body. "We're mortals an' we can't he'p it animals, an' God made us so. But we'll never fall to rise no mo' 'less we fail to reach up fur he'p.
'Take good care of the coppers, darlin', don't let rogues and thieves get them; and remember that one-half the world is hard at work slanderin' t'other. Keep an eye t' wind'rd, darlin'. We've sailed along smoothly enough through life together, but there may be a dismal storm ahead. Life storms are dangerous.
But it do make people talk. There's a deal of strange things said in the place." "Don't listen to them." "Eh dear, I'll not 'ear a word. When anybody says anything to me I tell 'em straight they'd oughter be ashamed of themselves, back-bitin' and slanderin'." "That's right, Nanny, you give it them in the neck." "If it'd only end in talk, but there's been harm done to the innocent.
I'm the last freighter on the Plains to go slanderin' an' detractin' of a pore he'pless mule onless it's straight; but if you-all takes to leavin' keepsakes an' mementoes layin' about casooal an' careless that a-way, Jerry'll eat 'em; an' the first you saveys your keepsakes is within Jerry's interior, an' thar you be. "'The fact is, stranger, this Jerry mule's a thief, I says.