It was not like anything else that he could think of; the three things nearest to it seemed to be the noise made by siphons of soda-water, one of the many noises made by an animal, and the noise made by a person attempting to conceal laughter.
He knew now what it was that was neither soda-water nor the snorting of a dog.
Whiskey and soda-water
became the order of the hour.
Cousins at the piano, cousins at the soda-water
tray, cousins rising from the card-table, cousins gathered round the fire.
And thus the Lammles got home at last, and the lady sat down moody and weary, looking at her dark lord engaged in a deed of violence with a bottle of soda-water
as though he were wringing the neck of some unlucky creature and pouring its blood down his throat.