Now Mrs. bumpkin, except as the mother of the illustrious Bull, has very little to do with this story.
Ah, quite so, quite so; so I should have supposed from what I know of you, Mr. bumpkin.
Then “the man” took a fancy to some cheeses which Mrs. bumpkin had in the dairy, some of her very finest make.
“It have been a mighty long time about, surely,” said Mr. bumpkin.
He had been at work while Mr. bumpkin in his convivial moments was protesting that he did not p. 364owe anyone a shilling.
Well then, Mr. bumpkin, there is first a history of your life.
bumpkin took off his hat, drew out his handkerchief, and wiped the perspiration from his forehead.
Now Mr. bumpkin, as the reader knows, was not alone in his expedition.
As befits a partner in crime, bumpkin is Citt's Doppelgnger in many ways.
He had no sooner resolved to see bumpkin than to bumpkin he went.
"awkward country fellow," 1560s, probably from Middle Dutch bommekijn "little barrel," diminutive of boom "tree" (see beam (n.)). Apparently, though itself Dutch, it began as a derogatory reference to Dutch people as short and dumpy.