to be only toe

Mr Bones

Senior Member
España - Español
Hello, could you explain me this expression, please:

One evening while Farquhar and his wife were sitting on a rustic bench near the entrance to his grounds, a gray-clad soldier rode up to the gate and asked for a drink of water. Mrs. Farquhar was only toe, happy to serve him with her own white hands (An Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce).

I can gather from the context that she gave him gladly what he was asking for, but I'd like to know something else about the idiom.

Thank you, Bones.
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    TO be honest it looks like a typing error, for "she was only too happy to serve him"

    which would just mean that she was very willing and enthusiastic about helping him ...

    .... unless there is a strange idiom I've neve met which only people called Farquhar know about!


    Remember those photgraphs of Fergie :eek:
    on that sun-recliner, whilst Steve Wyatt :eek:
    was "nearby" —> she was also "only toe happy"! :p :D
    Well the story that Mr Bones is reading ends with:

    "Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge."

    That's what you get when you're served by Mrs Farquhar --- toe-tally dead!