At last he went to the judge, and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money, and beaten him into the bargain; and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck.
No,' said he, 'I do not ask my life; only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time.
Captain Jim hung his fiddle
up in its place, beside a large frame enclosing several banknotes.
Well, as a last thought, he pulled out his fiddle
as he runned, and struck up a jig, turning to the bull, and backing towards the corner.
Here's the clerk coming with his fiddle
, and a smart fellow with a nosegay in his button-hole.
On his lap lay the big fiddle
, at which he was scraping, out of all time and tune, with both hands, making a great show, the nincompoop
As soon as he had repeated the tune and lowered his fiddle
, he bowed again to the Squire and the rector, and said, "I hope I see your honour and your reverence well, and wishing you health and long life and a happy New Year.
Here the fiddle went very softly for a while by itself, and then:
But it was much worse when the cook dropped the potatoes and held out his hands for the fiddle.
After that he no longer made love to her with his fiddle
, but they would sit for hours in the kitchen, blissfully happy in each other's arms; it was the tacit convention of the family to know nothing of what was going on in that corner.
The former was a boy of fourteen, but when he drew out what had been a fiddle
, crushed to morsels in the great-coat, he blubbered aloud; and Cathy, when she learned the master had lost her whip in attending on the stranger, showed her humour by grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing; earning for her pains a sound blow from her father, to teach her cleaner manners.
She wheedled her mother, was kind to her doll, took great care of her frock and her little red shoes and her fiddle, but most of all loved, when she went to sleep, to hear the Angel of Music.
Sometimes the Angel leans over their cradle, as happened to Lotte, and that is how there are little prodigies who play the fiddle at six better than men at fifty, which, you must admit, is very wonderful.
The fiddle and the flageolet were neither of them interesting; their faces were of the ordinary type among the blind--earnest, attentive, and grave.
The fiddle and the flageolet took a deep interest in bottles and glasses; at the end of a country-dance, they hung their instruments from a button on their reddish-colored coats, and stretched out their hands to a little table set in the window recess to hold their liquor supply.