“Lay hands on me if you dare!” exclaimed Hiram, as well as he could, under the grasp which the steward held on his throttle—” lay hands on me if you dare!”
“If you call this laying, master, you are welcome to the eggs,” roared the steward.
"What color will you make the Kansas girl?" asked the Steward.
Then the voices died away, and Billina knew that the King and his Steward had left the room.
"He ate seventeen bowls of porridge, a platter full of fried sausages, eleven loaves of bread and twenty-one mince pies," said the Steward.
ducked to escape the heavy jewel, which crashed against the door just over his left ear.
"One fella dog stop 'm along you," the steward
He did not know that where the steward had shown him in the accounts that the serfs' payments had been diminished by a third, their obligatory manorial work had been increased by a half.
The chief steward, a very stupid but cunning man who saw perfectly through the naive and intelligent count and played with him as with a toy, seeing the effect these prearranged receptions had on Pierre, pressed him still harder with proofs of the impossibility and above all the uselessness of freeing the serfs, who were quite happy as it was.
Pierre in his secret soul agreed with the steward that it would be difficult to imagine happier people, and that God only knew what would happen to them when they were free, but he insisted, though reluctantly, on what he thought right.
"Go," I said to the steward, "take back this calf, take great care of it, and bring me another in its place instantly."
The next day the steward asked to speak to me in private.