I confess that I delighted in this beating Leach was giving to Thomas Mugridge, though it was as terrible, almost, as the one Mugridge had caused to be given to Johnson.
But the beating! It was quite similar to the one I had witnessed in the cabin.
It took its rise out of the tittle-tattle and tale- bearing which had been the cause of Johnson's beating, and from the noise we heard, and from the sight of the bruised men next day, it was patent that half the forecastle had soundly drubbed the other half.
"I'll teach you to put your hands on my boy, you beast," roared the sa- loon keeper, who, tired of beating
the master, had begun to kick him about the yard.
The older sheikhs, indeed, stood out for the unmeasurable beatings of the old days--the sharper the punishment, they argued, the surer the title; but here the hand of modern progress was against them, and they contented themselves with telling tales of Ben the first Governor, whom they called the Father of Waterwheels, and of that heroic age when men, horses, and hounds were worth following.
After telling the tale of the beatings, it recommended all the beaten to institute criminal proceedings against their Governor, and, as soon as might be, to rise against English oppression and tyranny.
The silence was now only disturbed by the beatings
of my own heart.
And I worked myself up to such a pitch that I began to have a lump in my throat myself, and...and all at once I stopped, sat up in dismay and, bending over apprehensively, began to listen with a beating
The beating that had gone before was as nothing compared with the beating he now received.
Obedience, rigid, undeviating obedience, was what was exacted of him; and in return he escaped beatings and his existence was tolerated.
Out they toddled from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating
to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.
There is no beating
about the bush, for we know quite well what it was, and have got to tell.