By the advice of Mr. Giles, they all talked very loud, to warn any evil-disposed person outside, that they were strong in numbers; and by a master-stoke of policy, originating in the brain of the same ingenious gentleman, the dogs’ tails were well pinched, in the hall, to make them bark savagely.
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She took it upon herself to stoke the campfire whenever it began to dim.
By refusing to listen, she stoked his frustration and anger.