Barkis is willin'

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Barkis is willin'

A phrase emphasizing one's availability and/or openness to a situation. It refers to Mr. Barkis, a character in Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield, who used the phrase to express his interest in marriage. A: "Are you ready for the race today?" B: "Oh yeah! Barkis is willin'!"
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As he repudiated this suggestion, however, with a jerk of his head, and once more confirmed his previous request by saying, with profound gravity, 'Barkis is willin'.
Barkis relapsed into perfect silence; and I, feeling quite worn out by all that had happened lately, lay down on a sack in the cart and fell asleep.
Barkis had put down on the yard-pavement by the pole (he having driven up the yard to turn his cart), and also what would ultimately become of me, when a lady looked out of a bow-window where some fowls and joints of meat were hanging up, and said:
BARKIS (4.10) can be a tonic for punters in the Edinburgh Gin Hurdle at Perth.
This activity of Salix barkis attributed to the high antioxidant contents which could react with free radicals to stabilize and terminate radical chain reactions [29].
The million dollar question is, to quote Charles Dickens, whether "Barkis Is Willing".
Race Given the circumstances, it would be redundant to ask whether Barkis is willing.
LEICESTER: GAZETTE BET: 7.15 Barkis. NAOMI MATTHEW: 6.15 Rio's Pearl, 6.45 Marinus, 7.15 No Compromise, 7.45 Tarbawi, 8.15 Taizong, 8.45 Lady Percy.
The two or three were Barkis (Luca Cumani), Cayuga (Sir Michael Stoute) and Admiralty (Ismail Mohammed).
WINDSOR: 6.10 Livia's Dream, 6.40 Swift Cedar, 7.10 Sir Pedro, 7.40 Cockney Dancer, 8.10 Barkis, 8.40 Falkland (nap).
2.Chobanian AV, Barkis GL, Black HR, Cushman WC, Green LA, Izzo JL, et al.
Hickman was given 15 years because he also took part in the Carlisle robbery alongside Alan Roberts, 27, of Lisburn Lane, Clubmoor, and Stephen Hender, 25, of Barkis Close, Toxteth.
Micawber, Peggotty, and Barkis (especially his proposal to Peggotty, "Barkis is willin'")--all outstanding and unforgettable.
In David Copperfield, for example, "Barkis is Willin'" expresses a character's predictability of behavior and at the same time his essential depth of motivation--in this case the devotion to Clara Peggotty that rules Barkis's heart.
21 "Barkis is willin'" is a well-known message about a prospective marriage in which Dickens novel?