Blow me," says Tom Smart; and the mare neighed as if she were precisely of the same opinion.
Cheer up, old girl," said Tom, patting the bay mare on the neck with the end of his whip.
No, Tom," said Maggie, imploringly, laying hold of the arm that was held stiffly in the pocket.
no," said Tom, putting up the hooks again, taking out a large pocket-knife, and slowly opening the largest blade, which he looked at meditatively as he rubbed his finger along it.
James Harthouse smiled; and rising from his end of the sofa, and lounging with his back against the chimney-piece, so that he stood before the empty fire-grate as he smoked, in front of Tom and looking down at him, observed:
What a comical brother-in-law old Bounderby is, I think you mean,' said Tom.
Tom staked him with marbles to play "keeps" with, and then took all the winnings away from him.
Tom was a distinguished adept at these thefts--by proxy.
Of this latter sort was old Farmer Ives, as he was called, the "wise man" to whom Benjy resorted (taking Tom with him as usual), in the early spring of the year next after the feast described in the last chapter.
After dinner Benjy called attention to a wart which Tom had on the knuckles of his hand, and which the family doctor had been trying his skill on without success, and begged the farmer to charm it away.
One snowy Sunday afternoon Tom lay on the sofa in his favorite attitude, reading "Pendennis" for the fourth time, and smoking like a chimney as he did so.
asked Tom, throwing down his book with a yawn that threatened dislocation.
Then the person at the other end of the wire must have plunged into something very interesting and absorbing, for Tom did not again interrupt by interjected remarks.
Those who wish to read of the earliest activities of Tom in the inventive line are referred to the initial volume, "Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.
When school broke up at noon, Tom
flew to Becky Thatcher, and whispered in her ear: