This would put Prince in such good spirits that he would sometimes take the kit
from his pocket and play a chord or two to astonish the baby, which I never knew it to do in the least degree, for my tiny namesake never noticed it at all.
Well, I'm going to swim into the provinces, have a shave on the way, buy a new kit
piecemeal, including a cricket-bag (which I really want), and come limping back to the Albany with the same old strain in my bowling leg.
But I found my mistake, when I heard the sound of a kit playing a minuet over our heads.
The kit was a small violin to the sound of which the Frenchmen had danced to amuse themselves while they were deaf or dumb.
We had scarcely begun our repast when there was a knock at the door by which I had entered, and Nell bursting into a hearty laugh, which I was rejoiced to hear, for it was childlike and full of hilarity, said it was no doubt dear old Kit coming back at last.
Why, then, it was a goodish stretch, master,' returned Kit.
It was a great point too that Kit himself was flattered by the sensation he created, and after several efforts to preserve his gravity, burst into a loud roar, and so stood with his mouth wide open and his eyes nearly shut, laughing violently.
As for Kit himself (whose laugh had been all the time one of that sort which very little would change into a cry) he carried a large slice of bread and meat and a mug of beer into a corner, and applied himself to disposing of them with great voracity.
Good night, Kit,' said the child, her eyes lighting up with merriment and kindness.
No, no, master,' said Kit, 'that won't do, that won't.
I'd have found her, master,' said Kit, 'I'd have found her.