The Divil's Mass is ten times worse, an' Peg Barney was singin' ut, whackin' the tent-peg on the head wid his boot for each man that he cursed.
Good mornin', Peg,' I sez, whin he dhrew breath afther dursin' the Adj'tint-Gen'ral; 'I've put on my best coat to see you, Peg Barney,' sez I.
I was some wan in the ould days, an' the bhoys was glad to see me - all excipt Peg Barney wid a eye like a tomata five days in the bazar, an' a nose to match.
Come an' have a dhrink, me son,' sez Peg Barney, staggerin' where he stud.
You're a sulky swine, you are,' sez Peg Barney, an' at that the men in the tent began to laugh.
With which consolatory assurance, Peg Sliderskew gathered up the chosen suit, and folding her skinny arms upon the bundle, stood, mouthing, and grinning, and blinking her watery eyes, like an uncouth figure in some monstrous piece of carving.
Nobody shall be put over Peg Sliderskew's head, after so many years; you know that, and so I needn't tell you
Only we--we mustn't let her lose her good looks, Peg, because I like to see 'em.
Take care you don't find good looks come expensive,' returned Peg, shaking her forefinger.
But she can earn money herself, Peg,' said Arthur Gride, eagerly watching what effect his communication produced upon the old woman's countenance: 'she can draw, paint, work all manner of pretty things for ornamenting stools and chairs: slippers, Peg, watch-guards, hair-chains, and a thousand little dainty trifles that I couldn't give you half the names of.
She did not wait for Alice to curtsey this time, but walked on quickly to the next peg, where she turned for a moment to say
How it happened, Alice never knew, but exactly as she came to the last peg, she was gone.
And she took a ribbon out of her pocket, marked in inches, and began measuring the ground, and sticking little pegs in here and there.
She had got all the pegs put in by this time, and Alice looked on with great interest as she returned to the tree, and then began slowly walking down the row.
When the people observed I was quiet, they discharged no more arrows; but, by the noise I heard, I knew their numbers increased; and about four yards from me, over against my right ear, I heard a knocking for above an hour, like that of people at work; when turning my head that way, as well as the pegs
and strings would permit me, I saw a stage erected about a foot and a half from the ground, capable of holding four of the inhabitants, with two or three ladders to mount it: from whence one of them, who seemed to be a person of quality, made me a long speech, whereof I understood not one syllable.