It was carried out, with extraordinary thoroughness and severity, by very well-organized officials over a small and familiar area, and, so far as human strength and science can be absolutely certain of anything, Prince Otto was absolutely certain that nobody could introduce so much as a toy
pistol into Heiligwaldenstein."
It may be that his brain gave way under the opportunities given by his illusion of the entity of the toy
and its power of separate thought.
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and shining toy
, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to earth he plunged the blade repeatedly and to the hilt into its breast.
If the new "scientific toy
" succeeded, which he often doubted, he would be the richest citizen in Haverhill; and if it failed, which he sorely feared, he would be a bankrupt.
It was because the engaging toy
had been redecorated by loving hands; there were fresh gowns for all the inhabitants, and the paint on the furniture was scarcely dry.
"It is called the Land of Toys
. Why don't you come, too?"
"That is really fine!" declared Santa Claus, who loved toys
and pretty things.
But as to its use in the absence of the box, there is only one brief sentence, namely: "When his arms are laden with toys
and no box is there, the word-habit arises and he calls 'box.' " This is inadequate as it stands, since the habit has been to use the word when the box is present, and we have to explain its extension to cases in which the box is absent.
Then the toys
began to play at visiting, dancing, and fighting.
You can bring all your toys
. And if you want anything to remember your father and mother by you can take one thing for each of them.
He despised all toys
; wouldn't have bought one for the world; delighted, in his malice, to insinuate grim expressions into the faces of brown-paper farmers who drove pigs to market, bellmen who advertised lost lawyers' consciences, movable old ladies who darned stockings or carved pies; and other like samples of his stock in trade.
Were they made of gold they would look like trinkets, like ornamental toys
, no bigger in proportion than a jewelled drop in a woman's ear.