He had tried badgering them for one of the invitations they had squirreled away, but they’d managed to weasel out of it. They were dogged in their refusal to let him come.
Unable to fox them, he hared around to their house, and started rabbiting on and on – until one of them, who had been beavering away, hit him! His head stoated off the wall.
He chickened out of any further confrontation.