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…”Rash and inexperienced traveller, we will now seriously devote ourselves to a little high tension, because if we do not, it is my impression that yonder self-propelling man-of-war with the armour-plated upper deck … will permanently vitiate your future career…”


This is from “The Elephant’s Child”, from the Just So Stories.

The Elephant’s Child has journeyed to the banks of the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner. The Crocodile tells him that today he is going to begin with Elephant’s Child, seizes him by the nose, and pulls. Luckily his friend, the Bi-Coloured Python Rock-Snake is at hand to help him pull the other way…

The crocodile lets go, but not before the Elephant’s Child’s nose has been pulled out into a ‘really truly trunk’, which is extremely useful, as he soon discovers.