People must believe in somebody, and having pinned their faith on my grandfather in the promising years that lie round thirty, it was more convenient to let it remain there.
But my grandfather ordered crabs that very night for supper, and went in to table with the shining eyes of one who is determined to conquer or die, and the crabs conquered, and he died.
Both were thorough good seamen of course, and between those two old chaps I felt like a small boy between two grandfathers
After his disappearance, his mother and grandfather both died and his father be- came very rich.
One Saturday morning when he was about to set off for the woods with the sling in his pocket and a bag for nuts on his shoulder, his grandfather stopped him.
On the morning of the twenty-second, grandfather announced at breakfast that it would be impossible to go to Black Hawk for Christmas purchases.
After supper we all gathered there, and even grandfather, reading his paper by the table, looked up with friendly interest now and then.
Even if the Colonel would be quiet," he added, muttering to himself, "my old grandfather
, the wizard, will be pretty sure to stick to the Pyncheons as long as their walls hold together.
Sir," said she, "the language which I speak with my grandfather
may be easily learnt, and I can teach you in a few minutes, to understand it almost as well as I can myself.
And though' Grandfather
was old and gray-haired, yet his heart leaped with joy whenever little Alice came fluttering, like a butterfly, into the room.
was at that time the King of the Winged Monkeys which lived in the forest near Gayelette's palace, and the old fellow loved a joke better than a good dinner.
The father of this pleasant grandfather
, of the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, was a horny-skinned, two-legged, money-getting species of spider who spun webs to catch unwary flies and retired into holes until they were entrapped.
From a letter of my great-grandmother's written to a stubborn daughter upon some unfilial behavior, like running away to be married, I suspect that she was fond of the high-colored fiction of her day, for she tells the wilful child that she has "planted a dagger in her mother's heart," and I should not be surprised if it were from this fine-languaged lady that my grandfather
derived his taste for poetry rather than from his father, who was of a worldly wiser mind.
Once, after a certain combat with Master Smith, George came home to his mother with a black eye, and bragged prodigiously to his parent and his delighted old grandfather
about his valour in the fight, in which, if the truth was known he did not behave with particular heroism, and in which he decidedly had the worst.
She therefore took her grandfather
aside, and telling him that she had still enough left to defray the cost of their lodging, proposed that they should stay there for the night.