His mother attempted to give him the castor-oil, but Limby, although he liked tops and bottoms, and cordial, and pap, and sweetbread, and oysters, and other things nicely dished up, had no fancy for castor-oil, and struggled and kicked and fought every time his nurse or mother attempted to give it him.
“Limby, my darling boy,” said his mother, “my sweet cherub, my only dearest, do take its oily-poily, there’s a ducky-deary, and it shall ride in a coachy-poachy.”
“Oh, the dear baby!” said the nurse; “take it for nursey. It will take it for nursey, that it will.”
The nurse had got the oil in a silver medicine-spoon, so contrived that, if you could get it into the child’s mouth, the medicine must go down. Limby, however, took care that no spoon should go into his mouth, and when the nurse tried the experiment for the nineteenth time, gave a plunge and a kick, and sent the spoon up to the ceiling, knocked off the nurse’s spectacles, upset the table on which all the bottles and glasses were, and came down whack on the floor.
His mother picked him up, clasped him to her breast, and almost smothered him with kisses.
“Oh, my dear boy!” said she; “it shan’t take the nasty oil! it won’t take it, the darling! Naughty nurse to hurt baby! It shall not take nasty physic!”
And then she kissed him again.
Poor Limby, although only two years old, knew what he was at—he was trying to be the master of his mother. He felt he had gained his point, and gave another kick and a squall, at the same time planting a blow on his mother’s eye.
“Dear little creature!” said she; “he is in a state of high convulsions and fever. He will never recover!”
But Limby did recover, and in a few days was running about the house, and the master of it. There was nobody to be considered, nobody to be consulted, nobody to be attended to, but Limby Lumpy.
Limby grew up big and strong; he had everything his own way. One day, when he was at dinner with his father and mother, perched upon a double chair, with his silver knife and fork, and silver mug to drink from, he amused himself by playing drums on his plate with the mug.
“Don’t make that noise, Limby, my dear,” said his father.
“Dear little lamb!” said his mother; “let him amuse himself. Limby, have some pudding?”
“No, Limby no pudding!”
Drum! drum! drum!
A piece of pudding was, however, put on Limby’s plate, but he kept on drumming as before. At last he drummed the bottom of the mug into the soft pudding, to which it stuck, and by which means it was scattered all over the carpet.
“Limby, my darling!” said his mother; and the servant was called to wipe Limby’s mug and pick the pudding up from the floor.
Limby would not have his mug wiped, and floundered about, and upset the cruet-stand and the mustard on the table-cloth.