Did I not foresee--have I not already told you, that whatever he was asked he would refuse to answer, and try irony or any other shuffle, in order that he might avoid answering?
`for this sort of nonsense will not do for me,'--then obviously, that is your way of putting the question, no one can answer you.
and you answer
that there are many kinds of bees, and I reply: But do bees differ as bees, because there are many and different kinds of them; or are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?
"Not until five o'clock," Wingrave answered
. "I should be glad if you would leave me now, and return at that hour.
``Ay, right,'' answered
Front-de-B uf; ``and canst thou tell me, holy father, the number of those banditti?''
This was my indictment, and I specifically and at length challenged you to answer
"I would not," answered
Nightingale, "undergo the pain of taking leave, for ten thousand pounds; besides, I am convinced, instead of answering any good purpose, it would only serve to inflame my poor Nancy the more.
"I should take the liberty," he answered
quietly, "of doubting the evidence of my senses."
"It is the king's word, woman," I answered
sternly; but my heart was split in two within me.
"I am surprised!" answered
the Marionette, very much offended.
"At present, no, madam," the clerk answered
. "The affair, as you will see if you read further, is an exceedingly mysterious one."
him slowly, subjecting him the while to a somewhat close examination.