would often be lying in wait for him in the street; and if he passed without noticing them, they would sometimes pull at the skirts of his coat, to obtain the customary attention.
Occasionally, he would observe a little troop staring at him, attracted by the singularity of his costume.
Then, he would stop, face about, stretch out his leg, and say, ‘Come now, boys!
Come, and take a good look!’
It was his delight to steal up behind them, and tickle their necks, while he made a loud squealing noise.
The children, supposing some animal had set upon them, would jump as if they had been shot.
And how he would laugh!
When he met a boy with dirty face or hands, he would stop him, and inquire if he ever studied chemistry.
The boy, with a wondering stare, would answer, ‘No.’
‘Well then, I will teach thee how to perform a curious chemical experiment,’ said Friend Hopper
‘Go home, take a piece of soap, put it in water, and rub it briskly on thy hands and face.
Thou hast no idea what a beautiful froth it will make, and how much whiter thy skin will be. That's a chemical experiment.
I advise thee to try it.’
The character of his wife was extremely modest and reserved; and he took mischievous pleasure in telling strangers the story of their courtship in a way that made her blush.
‘Dost thou know what Hannah
answered, when I asked if she would marry ’