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"I bet fifty imperials"- he spoke French that the Englishman might understand him, but he did, not speak it very well- "I bet fifty imperials...
Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are of a higher class than mere gamblers; to bet is in the English temperament.
I will not be bound to say that I ever heard him make use of such a figure of speech as "I'll bet you a dollar." It was usually "I'll bet you what you please," or "I'll bet you what you dare," or "I'll bet you a trifle," or else, more significantly still, "I'll bet the Devil my head."
He made first-rate strokes himself, and began to bet against Lydgate's strokes, the strain of whose nerves was thus changed from simple confidence in his own movements to defying another person's doubt in them.
At last, Providence being propitious, this wonderful loading came to a happy termination, Captain Nicholl's third bet being thus lost.
"You might as well bet a man as he wouldn't catch the rheumatise if he stood up to 's neck in the pool of a frosty night.
"Thou hast not won thy bet, Mopo," said the king presently.
"An' I bet," Martin dashed on, "that he's solemn an' serious as an old owl, an' doesn't care a rap for a good time, for all his thirty thousand a year.
"Why, I bet you Johnny Miller couldn't any more do this than nothing.
"I never bet in the teeth of a pat hand," he said slowly, looking at the saloon-keeper.
"I'll bet a hundred francs that Baudoyer will never be head of the division."
Jim said he bet she did think of it by the time the men was ready to start, and he believed they must a gone up-town to get a dog and so they lost all that time, or else we wouldn't be here on a towhead sixteen or seventeen mile below the village -- no, indeedy, we would be in that same old town again.