Sunday, August 10, 2014

By the banks of the great grey-green greasy Limpopo river, all set about with fever trees


Perhaps the Crocodile has disregarded the fact that the Bi-Coloured Python Rock Snake lies in wait nearby, poised to help.


The Elephant's Child was insatiably curious about what the Crocodile eats for dinner, and now seems to have gotten into a bit of trouble. The Crocodile intends to eat the Elephant's Child.

But the story ends well when the Crocodile inadvertently does him a favor instead.

The help from the Bi-Coloured Python Rock Snake:

Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake came down from the bank, and knotted himself in a double-clove-hitch round the Elephant's Child's hind legs, and said, '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' (and by this, O Best Beloved, he meant the Crocodile), 'will permanently vitiate your future career.' 
     That is the way all Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snakes always talk. 
     So he pulled, and the Elephant's Child pulled, and the Crocodile pulled; but the Elephant's Child and the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake pulled hardest; and at last the Crocodile let go of the Elephant's Child's nose with a plop that you could hear all up and down the Limpopo.

Rudyard Kipling's The Elephant's Child, narrated by Jack Nicholson with music by Bobby McFerrin