And after we had quieted down a little, the ringmaster says: "As big as that?"
"Pretend it's all a joke," whispered the ringmaster fiercely.
The ringmaster and the clown came into the ring and faced the crowd.
At the same time he carried on a running conversation with the ringmaster.
I was so slow that the ringmaster touched me up with his whip.
The long whip he carried ...