She picked up one of the drakes
and ruffled his green capote with her fingers.
But I was not an eminent traveller-- and my way in this world had not led me into playing ducks and drakes
with my own life, among thieves and murderers in the outlandish places of the earth.
was very complimentary; also Captain and Mrs.
-- I have received your letter from London, stating that you have found me a new parlor-maid at last, and that the girl is ready to return with you to St.
We'll have favourable winds, a quick passage, and not the least difficulty in finding the spot, and money to eat, to roll in, to play duck and drake
with ever after.
In the meantime, outside the palace walls, the poor White Duck swam up and down the pond; and near it laid three eggs, out of which there came one morning two little fluffy ducklings and a little ugly drake
Through them the symbols of the mandarin duck and drake
, the one-winged birds, the tree whose boughs are interwoven, are revealed.
According to him there had been captains among these coves and islets compared with whom Drake
was practically a landsman.
You wave an airy adieu to the boys on shore, light your biggest pipe, and swagger about the deck as if you were Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake
, and Christopher Columbus all rolled into one.
Their skill in some respects may be compared to the instinct of animals; for it is not improved by experience: the canoe, their most ingenious work, poor as it is, has remained the same, as we know from Drake
, for the last two hundred and fifty years.