He was always aimed at taking us by surprise. Such was his cunning, that we used to call him, among ourselves, "the snake".
He would make a short prayer in the morning, and a long prayer at night; and, strange as it may seem, few men would at times appear more devotional than he.
The miserable woman gave birth to twins...Such was his joy, and that of his wife, that nothing could do during her confinement was too good, or too hard, to be done. The children were regarded as being quite an addition to his wealth.