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The Monkey That Would Not Kill

Henry Drummond

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What had he done? He had killed the ship cat. It was a deliberate murder, with no extenuating circumstances, and a rope, with a noose, was swung over the yard-arm, and Tricky run up in the presence of all the crew. This happened about eight bells, and at dusk Tricky was still hanging there, very quiet and motionless. Next morning Tricky was still there—as live as you are. Tricky was not hanged, he was only hanging; and, as everybody knows, monkeys rather like hanging. In fact, though Tricky was still up there, he had got his hands well round the rope, and was on the whole fairly at home. The rope round a neck like Tricky's was a mere boa.

  [13] NEXT MORNING TRICKY WAS STILL THERE [14]    

The executioners were rather ashamed[15] of themselves when they saw how matters stood; but instead of softening them, this dangling mockery of a dead monkey still further roused their wrath, and the boatswain was told off to end th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A pleasant children's tale

This was a delightful little read. It's an excellent document full of slang and colloquialisms of nearly a century ago. Any linguist who likes to track the path of language would find this a valuable intellectual puzzle. It's also just a funny little book.