Much vexed by this reflection, Mr Squeers looked at the little boy to see whether he was doing anything he could beat him for.
’Then do not vex itself,’ said Mr Mantalini; ’he shall be horse-whipped till he cries out demnebly.’
He looked again, and felt, for the moment, almost vexed that Kate was not there to exchange one word at parting.
This was told her in the London newspapers—not by Mr Squeers, for he is too kind and too good to set anybody against anybody—and it has vexed her so much, Mobbs can’t think.
’Why will it vex itself, and twist its little face into bewitching nutcrackers?’ said Mantalini, putting his left arm round the waist of his life and soul, and drawing her towards him with his right.
’It is all over; there will be nothing the matter; money shall be got in; and if it don’t come in fast enough, old Nickleby shall stump up again, or have his jugular separated if he dares to vex and hurt the little—’
’I never was so vexed—never!
’You won’t vex me, child, with such airs as these,’ said the late Miss Price, assuming the matron.
’I met them at my uncle’s,’ said Kate, vexed to feel that she was colouring deeply, but unable to keep down the blood which rushed to her face whenever she thought of that man.
’Mr Linkinwater says ten minutes, but I cannot let you go so soon; Nicholas would be very much vexed, I am sure.
If there is any one thing that vexes me in these losses more than the losses themselves, I do protest and declare,’ said Mrs Nickleby, rubbing her nose with an impassioned air, ’that it is to have people about me who take things with such provoking calmness.’