It shall take but a quarter of an hour, I answer for everything, madame; believe me, I know the people; they are like a great child, who only wants humoring
Patient of toil, not to be disheartened by impediments and disappointments, fertile in expedients, and versed in every mode of humoring
and conquering the wayward current, they would ply every exertion, sometimes in the boat, sometimes on shore, sometimes in the water, however cold; always alert, always in good humor; and, should they at any time flag or grow weary, one of their popular songs, chanted by a veteran oarsman, and responded to in chorus, acted as a never- failing restorative.
Don't you think men overrate the necessity for humoring
everybody's nonsense, till they get despised by the very fools they humor?
We had but one idea, and that was to get away, though we could not forbear humoring
our curiosity by peeping out upon the village.