Walter R. Brooks Quotes.

11. "It was Mrs. Wiggins who found Sidney later in the day. He was in the cowbarn, hanging upside down against the wall. She told him what the animals wanted. Sure, sure! he said. I’ll keep an eye on your old bank. And you’ll patrol it nights? I said I would, didn’t I? said Sidney angrily. What you want me to do—send you a letter about it? I’m sorry to keep you awake when you want to go to sleep, said the cow, but I have to be sure of your answer, and good land, I can’t tell whether you mean it or not when you’re looking at me upside down. ’Tisn’t upside down to me, said the bat. Maybe not. But when you’re talking to people, their expression is just as important as what they say, and you talk to anybody upside down and their expressions don’t mean anything. Your mouth is at the top of your head and if you smile the corners turn down instead of up, and your eyes look funny too. You— Look, Sidney interrupted her. I said I’d do it. Now just never mind criticizing my features and go on let me sleep, will you. So Mrs. Wiggins went away. There’s one thing that bat taught me, she said to Freddy later. I’ve never been a good liar. Folks can always tell by my face when I’m lying. Well, next time I want to tell a lie and get away with it, I’m going to stand on my head. Nobody can tell anything by my face then."
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

12. "He got Mrs. Wiggins to help him at first; she would run, and then he would gallop after her and lasso her. But it wasn’t much fun for her. When you run and somebody ropes you, you’re likely to fall down and skin your nose. After this had happened several times, the cow quit. Indeed she was so lame from falling down that she said she couldn’t run once around the barnyard without yelling. She got a bottle of arnica from Mrs. Bean and a bottle of liniment from Mr. Bean and Freddy found a bottle of something Uncle Ben had had, up in the loft. She mixed them all together and rubbed them on, and then she said she felt better. She certainly smelt different."
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

13. "Mrs. Wiggins was scared too, but she had a lot of common sense, so she could laugh even when she was scared. When Mrs. Wiggins laughed you could hear her down in Centerboro. The Beans of course heard her and thought she was having hysterics, and Mr. Bean came out with a pail of water and threw it over her. She didn’t like that much, but she didn’t want Mr. Bean to get mad at her, so she just thanked him and said she felt better. The"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

14. "Freddy said: There are two ways of getting rid of people: one way is by shooting them; the other way is by making them look ridiculous."
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

15. "Mrs. Wiggins and Bill, the goat, were trying to do an apache dance together—it wasn’t very good, but it was funny all right—when"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

16. "and Mrs. Wiggins said: I guess you’re right. We can’t fight him. But if he’s done anything to Freddy— There"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

17. "Now, Jinx, said Mrs. Wiggins reprovingly. This is just holding everything up. She looked at the owl."
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

18. "I know what I look like, and it’s no special pleasure to keep being reminded of it. But"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

19. "And this gives me a little extra time to think up something clever to say to them, she explained. Not, she added, that I have ever really managed to do it. But I keep on trying. So"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

20. "Jinx, you and the smaller animals better stay here and look after the house. You know we promised the Beans we’d take care of things, and tomorrow’s the day to wind up the clocks. And the squirrels must dust in the parlor in the morning. Robert and Georgie better come with me; we’ll see if we can pick up Freddy’s trail. Perhaps Bannister would drive us up as far as the spot where Freddy was last seen. Mrs. Wiggins was like most cows, rather quiet and retiring. She seldom put herself forward. But when she did take charge of things, nobody ever opposed her. Probably it was because she never"
- Walter R. Brooks, Freddy the Cowboy

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