Once we met four young elephants, and an old one that played with them, lifting them up with her trunk; they grew enraged on a sudden, and ran upon us: we had no way of securing ourselves but by flight, which, however, would have been fruitless, had not our
pursuers been stopped by a deep ditch.
They are dressed by men till four years of age, and then are obliged to dress themselves, although their quality be ever so great; and the women attendant, who are aged proportionably to ours at fifty, perform only the most menial offices.
Their geese and turkeys I usually ate at a mouthful, and I confess they far exceed ours.
And these people thought it a prodigious defect of policy among us, when I told them that our laws were enforced only by penalties, without any mention of reward.
Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones.
It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course.
It was not until the night of our first day on the south bank of the river that we discovered the Fire People.
Once a lion and a lioness stood beneath our tree and gazed out with bristling hair and blinking eyes.
Alec, for in this queer world of ours, fatherly and motherly hearts often beat warm and wise in the breasts of bachelor uncles and maiden aunts; and it is my private opinion that these worthy creatures are a beautiful provision of nature for the cherishing of other people's children.
I've often heard of a skeleton in the house, but I think few people have one as useful and as interesting as ours.
Finally one cannot impute the nonreceipt of our
dispatch of November 18.
You KNOW I'd rather be your wife in our
house of dreams and fulfillment than a queen in a palace.