'May the divil choke ye!'says he, pleasant enough, but I knew by the blush he had he was vexed.
1898 Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.,'Lisheen Races, Second- Hand'.
Every known class of refusal was successfully exhibited. Onehorse endeavoured to climbtherailsintothe Grand Stand; another, having stoppeddeadatthecritical point, swung round, and returned in consternation to the starting-point, with hisrider hanging likea locket around his neck. Another, dowered with a sense of humourMartin Ross
You won the elections. But I won the count.Martin Ross
'I call it a criminal thing in any one's great-great- grandfather to rear up a preposterous troop of sons and plant them all out in his own country', Lady Knox said to me with apparent irrelevance.'I detest collaterals. Blood may be thicker than water, but it is also a great deal nastier.'Martin Ross