His notes are never true, and his fiddle
buzzes on the low ones and squeaks and scratches on the high; but these things they heed no more than they heed the dirt and noise and squalor about them--it is out of this material that they have to build their lives, with it that they have to utter their souls.
With the fiddles
working themselves to the bone and the piano bounding under its persecutor's blows, Lady Wetherby ducked, side-stepped, rushed, and sprang, moving her arms in a manner that may have been classical Greek, but to the untrained eye looked much more like the last round of some open-air bout.
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.
While safe, well-tested personalities were enlivening the tea in this way, the sound of the fiddle
approaching within a distance at which it could be heard distinctly, made the young people look at each other with sympathetic impatience for the end of the meal.
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.
To say nothing of Joshua Rann's fiddle
, which, by an act of generous forethought, he had provided himself with, in case any one should be of sufficiently pure taste to prefer dancing to a solo on that instrument.
Tom Platt leaned down to a locker and brought up an old white fiddle
Under one arm he carried a huge chapeau-de-bras, and under the other a fiddle
nearly five times as big as himself.
For if a true survey be taken of counsellors and statesmen, there may be found (though rarely) those which can make a small state great, and yet cannot fiddle
; as on the other side, there will be found a great many, that can fiddle
very cunningly, but yet are so far from being able to make a small state great, as their gift lieth the other way; to bring a great and flourishing estate, to ruin and decay.
Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle
that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.
Captain Jim told tales, and Marshall Elliott sang old Scotch ballads in a fine tenor voice; finally Captain Jim took down his old brown fiddle
from the wall and began to play.
Thus the famous author of Hurlothrumbo told a learned bishop, that the reason his lordship could not taste the excellence of his piece was, that he did not read it with a fiddle
in his hand; which instrument he himself had always had in his own, when he composed it.
Irritated voices were ascending through the skylight and through the fiddle
of the stokehold in a harsh and resonant uproar, mingled with angry clangs and scrapes of metal, as if men with limbs of iron and throats of bronze had been quarrelling down there.
The band consisted of a fiddle
, a clarionet, and a flageolet from the Blind Asylum.
We shall get you through sa, like a fiddle
, and hope a please you when we get you through sa.