From The Pickwick Papers
[Pickwick is angry at Mrs. Bardell's lawyers over her breach of promise suit, and they are goading him
Perhaps you'd like to call us swindlers, sir. Pray do so if you feel disposed, ah pray do, sir.
I do. You ARE swindlers.
Very good. You'd better call us thieves, sir. Perhaps you'd like to asault one of us.
Pray do so, if you would. We would make not the slightest resistance.
[realizes what's happening and steps in to save Mr. Pickwick
] You just come away, sir. Battledore and shuttlecock's a *wery* good game... provided you ain't the shuttlecock and two lawyers ain't the battledores.