Your mere puny stripling, that winced at the least flourish of the rod, was passed by with indulgence; but the claims of justice were satisfied by inflicting a double portion on some little tough wrong headed, broad-skirted Dutch urchin
, who sulked and swelled and grew dogged and sullen beneath the birch.
There was not an unlucky urchin
about town that did not know Sam the fisherman, and think that he had a right to play his tricks upon the old negro.
The crowd of disappointed urchins
stared till the carriage disappeared from view, then transferred their stare to Maria, who had abruptly become the most important person on the street.
So Tom, in the midst of three or four more urchins
similarly employed, toasted his face and the sausages at the same time before the huge fire, till the latter cracked; when East from his watch-tower shouted that they were done, and then the feast proceeded, and the festive cups of tea were filled and emptied, and Tom imparted of the sausages in small bits to many neighbours, and thought he had never tasted such good potatoes or seen such jolly boys.
Get out of the way, you little devils," George cried to a small crowd of damp urchins
, that were hanging about the chapel-door.
What are the fifty newspapers, which those precocious urchins
are bawling down the street, and which are kept filed within, what are they but amusements?
Here, a dozen squabbling urchins
made a very Babel in the air; there, a solitary man, half clerk, half mendicant, paced up and down with hungry dejection in his look and gait; at his elbow passed an errand-lad, swinging his basket round and round, and with his shrill whistle riving the very timbers of the roof; while a more observant schoolboy, half-way through, pocketed his ball, and eyed the distant beadle as he came looming on.
Into the sheet of water reflecting the flushed sky in the foreground of the living picture, a knot of urchins
were casting stones, and watching the expansion of the rippling circles.
A group of idle urchins
had taken possession of the door-steps; some were plying the knocker and listening with delighted dread to the hollow sounds it spread through the dismantled house; others were clustered about the keyhole, watching half in jest and half in earnest for 'the ghost,' which an hour's gloom, added to the mystery that hung about the late inhabitants, had already raised.
The door, which moved with difficulty on its creaking and rusty hinges, being forced quite open, a square and sturdy little urchin
became apparent, with cheeks as red as an apple.
There was not an urchin
in school but was perishing to have a glimpse of it, but the chance never came.
He was never absent during business hours, unless upon an errand, and then he was represented by his son: a grisly urchin
of twelve, who was his express image.
The dwarf was soundly whipt, and as a farther punishment, forced to drink up the bowl of cream into which he had thrown me: neither was he ever restored to favour; for soon after the queen bestowed him on a lady of high quality, so that I saw him no more, to my very great satisfaction; for I could not tell to what extremities such a malicious urchin
might have carried his resentment.
He remembered a Proudfoot he had seen at school, not known: a little, whey-faced urchin
, the despicable member of some lower class.
Weena, who had been rolling a sea urchin
down the sloping glass of a case, presently came, as I stared about me, and very quietly took my hand and stood beside me.