inhabited a decayed and deserted summer-house.
They kept him in their hole and fed him for the same reason that the prairie-dogs and the brown owls
house the rattlesnakes-- because they did not know how to get rid of him.
And then the evenings, when the workmen had all gone and the house was left to emptiness and echoes, and the old housekeeper had gathered up her rheumatic limbs into her bed, and my little room in quite another part of the house had been set ready, how reluctantly I used to leave the friendly frogs and owls
, and with my heart somewhere down in my shoes lock the door to the garden behind me, and pass through the long series of echoing south rooms full of shadows and ladders and ghostly pails of painters' mess, and humming a tune to make myself believe I liked it, go rather slowly across the brick-floored hall, up the creaking stairs, down the long whitewashed passage, and with a final rush of panic whisk into my room and double lock and bolt the door!
I rejoice that there are owls
. Let them do the idiotic and maniacal hooting for men.
On a shelf over the window sat a great blue owl
with a blue sunbonnet on her head, blinking her big round eyes at the visitors.
The wisdom of this plan was soon evident, for the Phanfasm with the owl
's head turned and led the way up the mountain.
"I am sorry," said the Owl
, "to have to contradict the Crow, my famous friend and colleague.
"How far is it to the Owl
Creek bridge?" Fahrquhar asked.
with fiery eyes flew three times round them, and three times screamed:
So it was agreed that the monkey, Chee-Chee, was to do the cooking and mending; the dog was to sweep the floors; the duck was to dust and make the beds; the owl
, Too-Too, was to keep the accounts, and the pig was to do the gardening.
`I passed by his garden, and marked, with one eye, How the Owl
and the Panther were sharing a pie--'
Up the broad flight of shallow steps, Monsieur the Marquis, flambeau preceded, went from his carriage, sufficiently disturbing the darkness to elicit loud remonstrance from an owl
in the roof of the great pile of stable building away among the trees.