’Nay noo,’ replied the honest countryman, reining in his impatient horse, ’stan’ still, tellee.
To you—no,’ returned Sir Mulberry, taking the reins in his hand.
’You had better not,’ cried Nicholas, springing on the step as Sir Mulberry jumped in, and catching at the reins.
However, Mr Vincent Crummles kept him up pretty well, by jerking the rein, and plying the whip; and when these means failed, and the animal came to a stand, the elder Master Crummles got out and kicked him.
In truth, there appeared some reason to expect that such a result would follow from the encounter, for John Browdie no sooner saw Nicholas advancing, than he reined in his horse by the footpath, and waited until such time as he should come up; looking meanwhile, very sternly between the horse’s ears, at Nicholas, as he came on at his leisure.
The animal reared and plunged as though it would dash the carriage into a thousand pieces, but Nicholas, blind to all sense of danger, and conscious of nothing but his fury, still maintained his place and his hold upon the reins.
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The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.