He could jest, it was said, even in his last moments.
In jest, he stated that Jonathan was merely seeking the best fashion example he could find.
But before he had finished he felt that his jest was unacceptable and had not come off.
He tried several times to join in the conversation, but his remarks were tossed aside each time like a cork thrown out of the water, and he could not jest with them.
A few years later it began to be a standing jest that he was great in the sense that a pit is great: the more that is taken from it the greater it grows.
But in the secret depths of her soul the question whether her engagement to Boris was a jest or an important, binding promise tormented her.
These ice-cutters are a merry race, full of jest and sport, and when I went among them they were wont to invite me to saw pit-fashion with them, I standing underneath.