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Bumper stopped talking while his brothers looked in amazement at him.

Bumper was sure then that she intended to take him along with Jimsy; but no!

Bumper was taken to the street corner with Fluffy, Dimples and Pickles.

You can imagine the state of Bumper's feelings by this time.

Bumper let out a squeal, and pulled the other way with all his might.

She made a dive for Bumper, and caught him by the fore paws.

Then she dropped her doll, and sprang forward to Bumper's rescue.

"I don't wonder you don't like it on your face, Bumper," she said.

Bumper thought so, too, and he began to swell up with pride.

It was a beautiful moonlight night, and Bumper wasn't a bit sleepy.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, "glass filled to the brim;" perhaps from notion of bumping as "large," or from a related sense of "booming" (see bump (v.)). Meaning "anything unusually large" is from 1759, slang. Agent-noun meaning "buffer of a car" is from 1839, American English, originally in reference to railway cars; 1901 of automobiles (in phrase bumper-to-bumper, in reference to a hypothetical situation; of actual traffic jams by 1908).

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