I wondered peevishly why they couldn’t put her anywhere else instead of quartering her on me.
Betwixt you and me, Mas’r Davy — and you, ma’am — wen Mrs. Gummidge takes to wimicking,’ — our old country word for crying, — ’she’s liable to be considered to be, by them as didn’t know the old ’un, peevish-like.
Indeed it is Julia Mills, peevish and fine, with a black man to carry cards and letters to her on a golden salver, and a copper-coloured woman in linen, with a bright handkerchief round her head, to serve her Tiffin in her dressing-room.
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"She’s an emu-raffe, which is a bit like a donkey and a giraffe put together, only with fewer legs and a peevish temper.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
The cold seemed to rouse her a little and she looked around peevishly, shivering.