The Spaniards have a good term to express this wild and dusky knowledge--Gramatica parda--tawny grammar, a kind of mother-wit derived from that same leopard
to which I have referred.
They were very tall and copper-coloured, and some of them wore great plumes of black feathers and short cloaks of leopard
skins; this was all I noticed at the moment.
That night a little son was born in the tiny cabin beside the primeval forest, while a leopard
screamed before the door, and the deep notes of a lion's roar sounded from beyond the ridge.
Two or three people standing under the erect body of the stuffed leopard
in the hall very soon had the matter decided.
Far out across the plain a leopard
screamed, and in the dense reeds behind him some great beast moved on padded feet.
Little monkeys in the tree-tops chattered and scolded, and from the distance of the inland forest came the scream of a leopard
And through all my thoughts, real and fanciful, moved the image of a perfect girl, clear-eyed and strong and straight and beautiful, with the carriage of a queen and the supple, undulating grace of a leopard
THE FOX and the Leopard
disputed which was the more beautiful of the two.
Man glanced casually over his finger nails in a manner which would have been critical had it not been so sad.
I found him by his blood staining the water; and by the help of a rope, which I slung round him, and gave the negroes to haul, they dragged him on shore, and found that it was a most curious leopard
, spotted, and fine to an admirable degree; and the negroes held up their hands with admiration, to think what it was I had killed him with.
There was a bleeding heart, in tufts of paper lace; there were the three kings, gorgeously apparelled, and the ox and the ass and the shepherds; there was the Baby in the manger, and a group of angels, singing; there were camels and leopards
, held by the black slaves of the three kings.
So he sent messages to the other animals, like the lions and the leopards
and the antelopes, to come and help with the nursing.