Tears stung her eyes as she brought her hand around and struck his other cheek with a ringing blow.
The ringing went unanswered, but at least the phone hadn't been disconnected.
He hit the ground with a grunt, one ear ringing and his face stinging from pelting, hot debris.
At last the men mounted, and, as they say in the old songs, away went the steeds with bridles ringing and whips cracking and hounds racing ahead, and away went the champion hunters "with hark and whoop and wild halloo!"
And as he waved his arms to impersonate the policeman, his portly form again shook with a deep ringing laugh, the laugh of one who always eats well and, in particular, drinks well.