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- n. Alternative form of stable boy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A boy or man who attends in a stable; a groom; a hostler.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boy who is employed about a stable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
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And now every man guarding the walls and the gates, every servant that heard the cries of surprise, and every stableboy came running out to gape at the skies like a parcel of fools.
I had jumped him stupidly, and he had been injured, and then I walked him home and told my father that the stableboy had lamed him and that I had noticed it as soon as I was away from the stable.
What do I do, how can I rescue her, how can I get her out from under that stableboy, ten leagues away, uncontrollable horses in front of my wagon?
“Yes,” I think blasphemously, “in such cases the gods help, sending the missing horse, adding a second one because of the urgency, bestowing the stableboy on top of everything else—”
He stepped around the stableboy, who was standing in the middle of the path staring after the maid.
An approaching stableboy glanced in her direction, stared as his mouth fell open, then, without tearing his gaze from her face, tripped over his own feet and fell over a low hedge.
To keep his anger in control, Alexander focused again on the stableboy.
I believe the theme was "danger," though I might be remembering wrong; it doesn't matter now, because the story didn't make the final cut, and then the contest folded before final judging ever began, and I was left with a story on my hands, about an Empress and a stableboy named Jirin.
As soon as I tried to picture the maid, I realized she would need to be a much sharper, more sarcastic character to contrast with the seriousness of the duchess and her plight, and the innocence of the stableboy.
When I thought that, the story consisted solely of the duchess summoning her stableboy because she needed to get pregnant.