“Half-way up the second flight, they all stopped as suddenly as if they had seen a ghost; for looking over the banisters was Tom's face, crocky but triumphant, and in either hand a junk of candy, which he waved above them as he vanished, with the tantalizing remark, "Don't you wish you had some?”
“Gardiner in the parlor, when the door flew open and a floury, crocky, flushed, and disheveled figure appeared, demanding tartly ...”
“Charcoal portraits came next, and the entire family hung in a row, looking as wild and crocky as if just evoked from a coalbin.”
“My only perceptible qualification for the post offered is my crocky condition.”
“Either,' I said, 'will be an improvement on the present régime, of crocky imbeciles.”
“But the three weary, heated, crocky faces before him moved him to pity, and he threw open the outer door, saying briskly, --”
“I'll wash him right after dinner, and that will keep him out of mischief for a while," she thought, as the young engineer unsuspiciously proceeded to ornament his already crocky countenance with squash, cranberry sauce, and gravy, till he looked more like a Fiji chief in full war-paint than a Christian boy.”
“Oh, ma," she announced, coming up to Mrs. Pepper, who had been obliged to fly to her sewing again, and exhibiting a very crocky face and a pair of extremely smutty hands, "it's most all ovens, and it's just splendid!”
“Well, now, children," said Polly, turning round impressively upon them, the effect of which was heightened by the extremely crocky appearance she had gained in her explorations, "we must have some paper, or something to stop up that old hole with -- some way, there!”
“Things are shoved into it sooty and steaming to get them out of the way, and it soon gets damp and crocky beyond all hope of purification.”
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