I now-and-then sighed, now-and-then put on a lighter air; which, however, I designed should show more of vexation ill-disguised, than of real cheerfulness; and they told Will.
Another characteristic anecdote betrays his ill-suppressed vexation:-- 'I laughed at myself prodigiously the other day for a piece of absence.
His wings, which were of no use in the air, sustained him in the water, and the prince drew him to land, half dead with terrour and vexation.a a See Rambler, No.
Uxor Mercatoris diu vexationibus tentata, &c. 6752.
What prodigious follies, madness, vexations, persecutions, absurdities, impossibilities, these impostors, heretics, &c., have thrust upon the world, what strange effects shall be shown in the symptoms.
His unaffected lamentations when he lifts up his voice on high, or, more beautiful, the sobbing child,--the face all liquid grief, as he tries to swallow his vexation,--soften all hearts to pity, and to mirthful and clamorous compassion.
And it came to pass that presently the talk drifted round to vanities and vexations,--on this wise.