And Father Wolf taught him his business, and the meaning of things in the jungle, till every rustle in the grass, every breath of the warm night air, every note of the owls above his head, every scratch of a bat's claws
as it roosted for a while in a tree, and every splash of every little fish jumping in a pool meant just as much to him as the work of his office means to a business man.
The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw
, and then he went back to the roof and sang:
But how if another claw
in the shape of me is straining to thwart it?
But undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw
When he drew near they found a soft-shell crab clinging fast to the stiff hair of the zebra's head, where it held on by one claw
As he well remembered, the hawk had been sharp of beak and claw
I am sure your ladyship is as virtuous a lady as ever sat foot on English ground, and I will claw
any villain's eyes out who dares for to offer to presume for to say the least word to the contrary.
They looked like gashes torn by a grizzly's claws
, on the slopes where the farm-wagons used to lurch up out of the hollows with a pull that brought curling muscles on the smooth hips of the horses.
In the porkers he saw carved out the future sleek side of bacon, and juicy relishing ham; not a turkey but he beheld daintily trussed up, with its gizzard under its wing, and, peradventure, a necklace of savory sausages; and even bright chanticleer himself lay sprawling on his back, in a side dish, with uplifted claws
, as if craving that quarter which his chivalrous spirit disdained to ask while living.
The tittering rose higher and higher -- the cat was within six inches of the absorbed teacher's head -- down, down, a little lower, and she grabbed his wig with her desperate claws
, clung to it, and was snatched up into the garret in an instant with her trophy still in her possession
Such lawing also shall be done by the assize commonly used, and which is, that three claws
shall be cut off without the ball of the right foot.
For if," said he, "you throw among five YAHOOS as much food as would be sufficient for fifty, they will, instead of eating peaceably, fall together by the ears, each single one impatient to have all to itself; and therefore a servant was usually employed to stand by while they were feeding abroad, and those kept at home were tied at a distance from each other: that if a cow died of age or accident, before a HOUYHNHNM could secure it for his own YAHOOS, those in the neighbourhood would come in herds to seize it, and then would ensue such a battle as I had described, with terrible wounds made by their claws
on both sides, although they seldom were able to kill one another, for want of such convenient instruments of death as we had invented.