The man is assaulted, your brother is not to be found; this boy, of whom they speak, goes with him—remember, remember.’
Assault, riot, theft, what do you call these?’
’Let him see,’ said the irritated young lady, when she had regained her own room, and eased her mind by committing an assault on Phib, ’if I don’t set mother against him a little more when she comes back!’
’When your nevew that you recommended for a teacher had done this to my pa and jumped upon his body with his feet and also langwedge which I will not pollewt my pen with describing, he assaulted my ma with dreadful violence, dashed her to the earth, and drove her back comb several inches into her head.
’No one need trouble himself to stir,’ said the young gentleman, ’I am going to remain in the house all night, and shall be found here in the morning if there is any assault to answer for.’
When Smike came to the assault upon himself in the hackney coach, he hastily deposited the mug upon the table, and limped up and down the room in a state of the greatest excitement, stopping himself with a jerk, every now and then, as if to listen more attentively.
The leader was insisting upon Mrs Squeers repeating her dose, Master Squeers was undergoing another dip in the treacle, and a violent assault had been commenced on Miss Squeers, when John Browdie, bursting open the door with a vigorous kick, rushed to the rescue.
A sight so unusual and unbusiness-like as this, completely paralysed Tim Linkinwater, who, after one or two gentle pinches at the stranger’s ankles, which were productive of no effect, stood clapping the tongs together, as if he were sharpening them for another assault, and did nothing else.