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'Merry?' The older cousin doesn't hear; he's immersed in a book on herb-lore.
'Merry!' It's quite annoying. Teatime is all of half-an-hour ago, and the little cousin is not only bored, but starting to feel stirrings of hunger.
Irritatingly, the older cousin doesn't answer, for he has found the page he was seeking, and is devouring the text that describes the curious leaves he found that morning in the Old Forest.
'Merry!' Tickling someone's ear with a quill often helps immensely.
'Yes, Pip?' the older cousin says for perhaps the twenty-seventh time since tea.
'Why do hobbits have ten toes?'
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