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Examples of Cocking
And, marking the gleam of pistol and musket-barrel, I fell to an agony of dread, well knowing whence that merciful shot had come.
Us can't bide here all night.
Here, except when the owner was absent on a sporting expedition, which, between fishing, shooting, hunting, and racing, did, it must be confessed, happen pretty often; here his friends were sure to find a hearty welcome, a good beef-steak,-his old housekeeper was famous for cookery!-and as much excellent Port and super-excellent Madeira-Tom, like most of his school, eschewed claret and other thin potations-as their host could prevail on them to swallow.
The dining-parlour, which might pass for his only sitting-room,-for the little dark den which he called his drawing-room was not entered three times a year; the dining-room was a small square room, coloured pea-green with a gold moulding, adorned with a series of four prints on shooting, and four on hunting, together with two or three portraits of eminent racers, riders, hunters, and grooms.
Other drivers were attired as women, wearing long ringlets and no bonnets, and looking more ridiculous in any real difficulty with the horses (of which, in such a concourse, there were a great many) than tongue can tell, or pen describe.
In some, the horses were richly caparisoned in magnificent trappings; in others they were decked from head to tail, with flowing ribbons.