Exceptis excipiendis,'' replied the hermit, ``as our old abbot taught me to say, when impertinent laymen should ask me if I kept every punctilio
of mine order.
So the Pygmies resolved to set aside all foolish punctilios
, and assail their antagonist at once.
This donation may be regarded, therefore, as a signal punctilio
of Indian honor; but it will be found that the animal soon proved an unlucky acquisition to the party.
It seemed to me a chilling and unnatural piece of punctilio
between the children of a family and their instructor and daily companion; especially where the former were in their early childhood, as at Wellwood House; but even there, my calling the little Bloomfields by their simple names had been regarded as an offensive liberty: as their parents had taken care to show me, by carefully designating them MASTER and MISS Bloomfield, &c.