After he had with great difficulty accomplished the mastication
of a mouthful of the dried pease, he found it absolutely necessary to request his pious entertainer to furnish him with some liquor; who replied to his request by placing before him a large can of the purest water from the fountain.
Thus his soldiers saw him, after what he boastingly called his supper -- that is to say, after the exercise of mastication
reported by us at the commencement of this chapter -- like Napoleon on the eve of Austerlitz, seated asleep in his rush chair, half beneath the light of his lamp, half beneath the reflection of the moon, commencing its ascent in the heavens, which denoted that it was nearly half past nine in the evening.
To perform successively (and successfully) the functions of mastication
, humectation, and deglutition.
In a pause of mastication
and deglutition, Lady Tippins, contemplating Mortimer, recalls that it was at our dear Veneerings, and in the presence of a party who are surely all here, that he told them his story of the man from somewhere, which afterwards became so horribly interesting and vulgarly popular.
Still very much present and correct - five albums in - are the chewy verbal gobbets "summat in your teeth", and "simmer down and pucker up", which continue to release their flavour through multiple mastications
. Ditto Turner's way with a killer two-liner ("Been wondering if your heart's still open/And if so I wanna know what time it shuts", and "That place on memory lane you liked looks the same/But something about it's changed", being two especially fine examples).