"Shouldn't you be at your lessons?"
"I did my reading lesson. Tell me some big words in French. You have to spell them."
"Here." He passed her a pencil. "Spell this : p-e-s-t-i-l-e-n-t-i-e-l."
"What does it mean?"
"It's french for niece."
"To see the girl leave Balfour House about tore the heart from my chest."
Scottish hyperbole, no doubt.
"She's a delightful child."
Which was English hyperbole.