At the end of ten minutes he would be gaping across the table, and wondering what they were doing at the howff.
Harm himself he did, for you could not associate with Jock M'Craw and the like without drinking in every howff you came across.
The howff seemed full and frequented as if possessed of all its old celebrity.
Last winter, however, it was simply a weak need for companionship that drew him to the howff.
"'Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est,'" said Tarmillan, who was on one of his rare visits to the howff.
So now, every night, he saw the cosy companions in their howff, and shivered at his own isolation.
Now when his too apprehensive nerves were frightened by bugbears in his lonely room he could be off to the howff and escape them.
When they left the howff they went to Gillespie's and drank more, and after that they roamed about the town.
The company had not long left the howff, as Blane's public-house was called, when the trumpets and kettle-drums sounded.
Logan nipped the guard of his arm in heavy playfulness and led him to the howff.