"I guess I can stand it, if he can," said the whittler from the bench; which was considered fair repartee.
Yates sat on the top rail of the fence with the whittler, whose guest he had been.
Yates at the invitation of the whittler went home with him, and thoroughly relished his evening meal.
Too much of a poet, I hope, to imagine myself more than a whittler of reeds!
The whittler was a small man, with keen eyes and ready tongue and about thirty-six years of age.
Yates, seeing the place so full, and noticing two empty benches up at the front, asked the whittler why they were not occupied.
He had expected to find an Earth similar to the one described in whittler's book.
Mr. Stone's calmness, like the whittler's stick, tapered up instead down.
The whittler and Yates got down from the bench, and joined the crowd outside.
The one Yan whittled with the knife was called the "whittler," and sometimes the "Joker."
1550s, "to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife," from Middle English whittel "a knife" (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from Old English þwitan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *thwitanan (cf. Old Norse þveita "to hew"). Figurative sense is attested from 1746. Related: Whittled; whittling.