"I refuse to leave this spot," answered the Cricket, "until I have told you a great truth."
But the Cricket, who was a wise old philosopher, instead of being offended at Pinocchio's impudence, continued in the same tone:
"Let me tell you, for your own good, Pinocchio," said the Talking Cricket in his calm voice, "that those who follow that trade always end up in the hospital or in prison."
It appeared as if there were a sort of match, or trial of skill, you must understand, between the kettle and the Cricket. And this is what led to it, and how it came about.
It persevered with undiminished ardour; but the Cricket took first fiddle and kept it.
I had learnt that, long before I brought you here, to be the Cricket's little mistress, Dot!'
Raffles on this day, as, indeed, all the cricket world remembers.
Nothing riles me more than being asked about for my cricket as though I were a pro.
He had not come to play in the matches (he told me), but to obtain for Lord Amersteth such a series of cricket photographs as had never been taken before; whether as an amateur or a professional photographer I was unable to determine.
I don't care about cricket or anything now you're getting well, Geordie; and I shouldn't have hurt, I know, if they'd have let me come up.
"I want to be A1 at cricket and football, and all the other games, and to make my hands keep my head against any fellow, lout or gentleman.
March, frightening away a big black cricket that was staring Teddy out of countenance.
Grasshoppers skipped briskly in the sere grass, and crickets chirped like fairy pipers at a feast.
And now I've got time to tell you the rule about the crickets. They always leave off chirping when a Fairy goes by--because a Fairy's a kind of queen over them, I suppose--at all events it's a much grander thing than a cricket--so whenever you're walking out, and the crickets suddenly leave off chirping, you may be sure that they see a Fairy.
By this time the 'eerie' feeling had come back again, and I suddenly observed that no crickets were chirping; so I felt quite sure that "Bruno was somewhere very near.