'No,' said he, 'I do not ask my life; only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time.' The miser cried out, 'Oh, no!
Then the miser said, 'Bind me fast, bind me fast, for pity's sake.' But the countryman seized his fiddle, and struck up a tune, and at the first note judge, clerks, and jailer were in motion; all began capering, and no one could hold the miser.
Captain Jim hung his fiddle
up in its place, beside a large frame enclosing several banknotes.
Well, as a last thought, he pulled out his fiddle
as he runned, and struck up a jig, turning to the bull, and backing towards the corner.
Here's the clerk coming with his fiddle
, and a smart fellow with a nosegay in his button-hole."
On his lap lay the big fiddle
, at which he was scraping, out of all time and tune, with both hands, making a great show, the nincompoop!
As soon as he had repeated the tune and lowered his fiddle
, he bowed again to the Squire and the rector, and said, "I hope I see your honour and your reverence well, and wishing you health and long life and a happy New Year.
There were scores of verses, for he worked the Dreadnought every mile of the way between Liverpool and New York as conscientiously as though he were on her deck, and the accordion pumped and the fiddle squeaked beside him.
Here the fiddle went very softly for a while by itself, and then:
After that he no longer made love to her with his fiddle
, but they would sit for hours in the kitchen, blissfully happy in each other's arms; it was the tacit convention of the family to know nothing of what was going on in that corner.
She wheedled her mother, was kind to her doll, took great care of her frock and her little red shoes and her fiddle, but most of all loved, when she went to sleep, to hear the Angel of Music."
Sometimes the Angel leans over their cradle, as happened to Lotte, and that is how there are little prodigies who play the fiddle at six better than men at fifty, which, you must admit, is very wonderful.
and the flageolet were neither of them interesting; their faces were of the ordinary type among the blind--earnest, attentive, and grave.
Pickwick, who was only brought to, by the fiddles
and harp desisting, and could have been stopped by no other earthly power, if the house had been on fire.
The second course was two ducks trussed up in the form of fiddles
; sausages and puddings resembling flutes and hautboys, and a breast of veal in the shape of a harp.