The miser crept into the bush to find it; but directly he had got into the middle, his companion took up his fiddle and played away, and the miser began to dance and spring about, capering higher and higher in the air.
At last he went to the judge, and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money, and beaten him into the bargain; and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck.
It reminded me so strong of the First Mate tearing loose as soon as I begin to fiddle
that I come nearer to laughing out loud in church than I ever did before or since."
"Oh yes; there's nothing like a fiddle
," said the dairyman.
Rann to accompany him on the fiddle
, and Joshua felt quite sure that though there might not be much in the dancing, the music would make up for it.
But the little chap seized him at once by the nose; gave it a swing and a pull; clapped the big chapeau de-bras upon his head; knocked it down over his eyes and mouth; and then, lifting up the big fiddle
, beat him with it so long and so soundly, that what with the belfry-man being so fat, and the fiddle
being so hollow, you would have sworn that there was a regiment of double-bass drummers all beating the devil's tattoo up in the belfry of the steeple of Vondervotteimittiss.
The little cabarets and sutlers' shops along the bay resounded with the scraping of fiddles
, with snatches of old French songs, with Indian whoops and yells, while every plumed and feathered vagabond had his troop of loving cousins and comrades at his heels.
While safe, well-tested personalities were enlivening the tea in this way, the sound of the fiddle
approaching within a distance at which it could be heard distinctly, made the young people look at each other with sympathetic impatience for the end of the meal.
Tom Platt leaned down to a locker and brought up an old white fiddle
. Manuel's eye glistened, and from somewhere behind the pawl-post he drew out a tiny, guitar-like thing with wire strings, which he called a nachette.
People paid Tamoszius big money to come and make music on state occasions; and also they would invite him to parties and festivals, knowing well that he was too good-natured to come without his fiddle
, and that having brought it, he could be made to play while others danced.
The former was a boy of fourteen, but when he drew out what had been a fiddle
, crushed to morsels in the great-coat, he blubbered aloud; and Cathy, when she learned the master had lost her whip in attending on the stranger, showed her humour by grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing; earning for her pains a sound blow from her father, to teach her cleaner manners.
At the time of the "pardons," or Breton pilgrimages, the village festival and dances, he went off with his fiddle
, as in the old days, and was allowed to take his daughter with him for a week.
The band consisted of a fiddle
, a clarionet, and a flageolet from the Blind Asylum.
Up struck the two fiddles
and the one harp, and off went Mr.
Their outward garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars; interwoven with those of fiddles
, flutes, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us in Europe.