"In that case," said Tom Cecial, "I was a madman of my own accord when I volunteered to become your squire, and, of my own accord, I'll leave off
being one and go home."
"Did he ever begin a Poem and not leave off
again?" Sylvie enquired.
As to the arguments which my reason dictated for persuading me to lay down, avarice stepped in and said, 'Go on, go on; you have had very good luck; go on till you have gotten four or five hundred pounds, and they you shall leave off
, and then you may live easy without working at all.'
They express the consciousness that you have no enemy to punish, but that you have pain; the consciousness that in spite of all possible Wagenheims you are in complete slavery to your teeth; that if someone wishes it, your teeth will leave off
aching, and if he does not, they will go on aching another three months; and that finally if you are still contumacious and still protest, all that is left you for your own gratification is to thrash yourself or beat your wall with your fist as hard as you can, and absolutely nothing more.
I told him that I was resolved to leave off
, and that I was determined to stand by my resolution.'
At times I cry aloud for sorrow, but presently I leave off
again, for crying is cold comfort and one soon tires of it.
I would remind you of this that you may learn to leave off
being so deceitful, and discover how much you are likely to gain by the embraces out of which you have come here to trick me."