2. While working on his reading lesson, Trooper read a difficult word much more smoothly than is normal for him. "Nice!" I said as he broke out into applause for himself.
When he had finished clapping, he looked at each palm, carefully yet futilely searching for some transgressor. Then he licked them thoroughly and turned back to his work. He must have noticed me staring at him because he explained, "I have to stop clapping. It hurts my hands to clap, so I licked them to make them feel better."
All I could do was shiver.
3. Trooper, working on USA puzzle: That's West Consin. Sometimes we call it East Consin.