"Oh, come off your high horse, Liz-bags," said Pips, without animosity. "I'm not going to rob them. In fact I'm going to be the little ray of sunshine in their lives. How their eyes will light up on dull wet days, when they see the gay Loch Lomond Library boat plunging eagerly towards them out of the mist--"
"Someone a bit speedier than you two will have to rowing that day," Lilias remarked.
From THE CREW OF THE BELINDA, Chapter 9, Pips Has An Idea.