And, anyhow, we never eat such dreadful things as BUGS.
But you eat the chickens that eat the bugs," retorted the yellow hen, with an odd cackle.
Of course he did not pronounce God as you or I would pronounce His name, for Tarzan knew naught of the spoken language of his English forbears; but he had a name of his own invention for each of the little bugs which constituted the alphabet.
Tarzan watched them lazily from above as they scratched in the rotting loam for bugs and beetles and grubworms, or sought among the branches of the trees for eggs and young birds, or luscious caterpillars.
Dey aint no tin in him, Massa Will, I keep a tellin on you," here interrupted Jupiter; "de bug is a goole bug, solid, ebery bit of him, inside and all, sep him wing - neber feel half so hebby a bug in my life.
I presume you will call the bug scarabæus caput hominis, or something of that kind - there are many similar titles in the Natural Histories.
De bug, - I'm berry sartain dat Massa Will bin bit somewhere bout de head by dat goole-bug.
For if I should kill another bug
or beetle I should surely cry again, and crying rusts my jaws so that I cannot speak.
I am, in reality, a very big bug
, and doubtless the most intelligent being in all this broad domain.
The Bug made some of the words long afterward, and so did others of us make words from time to time.
And when the people grumbled more and more, and some threw stones at the king's grass house, the Bug sang a song of how good it was to be a Fish-Eater.
And Big-Fat said it was good, and the Bug sang another song about how good it was to observe the law, and what a fine land the Sea Valley was, and how every man who loved the Sea Valley should go forth and kill the bad Meat-Eaters.