"'But could we not ask little Hans up here?' said the Miller's youngest son.
Why, if little Hans came up here, and saw our warm fire, and our good supper, and our great cask of red wine, he might get envious, and envy is a most terrible thing, and would spoil anybody's nature.
"I cannot understand," said Hans. "Always has he the great appetite like the horse."
It was patent that he intended to kill Hans and her.
At a particularly bad spot, where a ledge of barely submerged rocks jutted out into the river, Hans cast off the rope, and, while Thornton poled the boat out into the stream, ran down the bank with the end in his hand to snub the boat when it had cleared the ledge.
He swam powerfully and was dragged ashore by Pete and Hans at the very point where swimming ceased to be possible and destruction began.
Hans brushed his coat, wiped his face and hands, rested a while, and then drove off his cow quietly, and thought his bargain a very lucky one.
Hans told him what had happened, how he was dry, and wanted to milk his cow, but found the cow was dry too.
"If he was out now dere would not be much of us left hereabouts," said Hans, lazily.
There was a pause in the outcry, and from Hans' mouth came an imitation of a snake's hiss, so perfect that I almost sprung to my feet.
Then, he thought, how soon he 'd turn his back upon the old schoolhouse; snap his fingers in the face of Hans Van Ripper, and every other niggardly patron, and kick any itinerant pedagogue out of doors that should dare to call him comrade!
Hans Van Ripper as executor of his estate, examined the bundle which contained all his worldly effects.