Four-footed favourites; or, Stories about pets

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byFour-footed Favourites

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862. Excerpt: ... answer. I, however, called out, "Jean, Jean, Jean, Jean!" and, in a moment, the delighted pig came prancing along. So urgent was her anxiety to answer the call, as if to show her sense of the trifling favour I had just conferred upon her, that she dashed towards us, tripped up the officer's heels, and had I not caught him, he would have gone down upon the deck. Even as it was, he indulged in a growl, and muttered out, "You see, sir, what your yielding to such whims brings upon us." I said nothing, but only took care in future to caution my friends to mind their footing when Jean was summoned aft, which, I allow, was very often, for there was no resisting the exhibition to all strangers of such a patent feat as this. To the Chinese, in particular, our comical favourite became an object of the highest admiration. The natives of the Celestial Empire soon recognised in this happiest of swine the celebrated breed of their own country; and many a broad hint I got as to the acceptable nature of such a present, but I was deaf to them all, for I felt that Jean now belonged more to the ship's company than to me, and that there was a sort of obligation upon me neither to eat nor drink her, nor to give her away. Under this tacit guarantee, she gained so rapidly in size, fat, and other accomplishments, that on our return to China, after visiting Loochoo and other islands of the Japan Sea, the gentlemen of the factory could hardly credit me that this huge monster was the same animal. Iu talking of Jean's accomplishments, I must not be understood as describing her as a learned pig, for she could not play at cards, solve quadratic equations, nor perform any of those feats which enchant and astonish the eyes of citizens of London and elsewhere, where many dogs and hogs ar...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862. Excerpt: ... answer. I, however, called out, "Jean, Jean, Jean, Jean!" and, in a moment, the delighted pig came prancing along. So urgent w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217719562

ISBN - 13:9780217719568

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