Sketches and anecdotes of animal life, Kniha 1

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Strana 161 - Swine, fool, swine," said the herd, "every fool knows that." "And swine is good Saxon," said the Jester; "but how call you the sow when she is flayed, and drawn, and quartered, and hung up by the heels, like a traitor?" "Pork," answered the swine-herd. "I am very glad every fool knows that too," said Wamba, "and pork, I think, is good Norman-French; and so when the brute lives, and is in the charge of a Saxon slave, she goes by her Saxon name; but becomes a Norman, and is called pork, when she is...
Strana 154 - I could not guide her in the slightest, and she continued to splash, and plunge, and blow, and make her circular course, carrying me along with her as if I was a fly on her tail. Finding her tail gave me but a poor hold, as the only means of securing my prey, I took out my knife, and cutting two deep parallel incisions...
Strana 125 - Both these varieties of rhinoceros attain an enormous size, being the animals next in magnitude to the elephant. They feed solely on grass, carry much fat, and their flesh is excellent, being preferable to beef. They are of a much milder and more inoffensive disposition than the black rhinoceros, rarely charging their pursuer. Their speed is very inferior to that of the other varieties, and a person well mounted can overtake and shoot them.
Strana 19 - ... his headlong career. When he pulled up in his charge, I likewise halted ; and as he slowly turned to retreat I let fly at his shoulder, " Sunday" capering and prancing and giving me much trouble.
Strana 124 - ... or long-horned white rhinoceros. Both varieties of the black rhinoceros are extremely fierce and dangerous, and rush headlong and unprovoked upon any object which attracts their attention. They never attain much fat, and their flesh is tough, and not much esteemed by the Bechuanas. " Their f•ood consists almost entirely of the thorny branches of the wait-a-bit thorns. Their horns are much shorter than those of the other varieties, seldom exceeding eighteen inches in length. They are finely...
Strana 194 - The skeleton measures, from the end of the nose to the tip of the tail, ten feet ten inches.
Strana 155 - I made use of this as a handle ; and after some desperate hard work, sometimes pushing and sometimes pulling, the seacow continuing her circular course all the time, and I holding on at her rump like grim Death, eventually I succeeded in bringing this gigantic and most powerful animal to the bank. Here the Bushman quickly brought me a stout...
Strana 357 - Or gleam in lengthened vista through the trees, You silent steal ; or sit beneath the shade Of solemn oaks, that tuft the swelling mounts Thrown graceful round by Nature's careless hand, And pensive listen to the various voice Of rural peace : the herds, the flocks, the birds, The...
Strana 80 - Soothed with the sound, the Prince grew vain, Fought all his battles o'er again, And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.'* *' From the mountains we directed our course towards Buckra Jeel, where we arrived on the 4th of December. Buckra Jeel is a large lake about three...
Strana 123 - Of the rhinoceros there are four varieties in South Africa distinguished by the Bechuanas by the names of the borele, or black rhinoceros, the keitloa, or two-horned black rhinoceros, the muchocho, or common white rhinoceros, and the kobaoba, or long-horned white rhinoceros.

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