She thought that one of her slaves must have been telling tales of her, but they told her it was the parrot
, and she resolved to revenge herself on him.
After due consideration she informed the Prince that the object of his search was not far distant, but that it was too difficult for him to attempt to enter the enchanted palace where she was, as the King his father had surrounded it with a thick cloud, and that the only expedient she could think of would be to gain possession of the Princess's parrot
. This, she added, did not appear impossible, as it often flew about to some distance in the neighbourhood.
When the Cat's-meat-Man had gone the parrot
flew off the window on to the Doctor's table and said,
I'll explain myself better," said the Parrot
. "While you were away in the city the Fox and the Cat returned here in a great hurry.
His voice re-echoed in the yard, and the neighbours would come to the windows and begin to laugh, too; and in order that the parrot
might not see him, Monsieur Bourais edged along the wall, pushed his hat over his eyes to hide his profile, and entered by the garden door, and the looks he gave the bird lacked affection.
'Blest if I believe such a Poll Parrot
as you was ever learned to speak!' growled Mr Riderhood, stooping to pick up his hat, and making a feint at her with his head and right elbow; for he took the delicate subject of robbing seamen in extraordinary dudgeon, and was out of humour too.
The copying-clerk, or, as the lady said, the brown field-bird, was put into a small cage, close to the Canary, and not far from "my good Polly." The only human sounds that the Parrot
could bawl out were, "Come, let us be men!" Everything else that he said was as unintelligible to everybody as the chirping of the Canary, except to the clerk, who was now a bird too: he understood his companion perfectly.
Here's Cap'n Flint--I calls my parrot
Cap'n Flint, after the famous buccaneer--here's Cap'n Flint predicting success to our v'yage.
I fancy that if your late parrot
had heard it, he would have fallen off his perch.
'While we were getting it back again the parrot
, which was in its cage, let out a squawk.
In all the decorations there was utilized in various ways the conventional figure of the parrot
, and, to a lesser extent, that of the lion and the monkey.
Then she added: 'Sit down,' and composed herself voluptuously, in a nest of crimson and gold cushions, on an ottoman near the parrot