No sooner, however, had she swallowed them than she lost human form, and ran into the courtyard in the shape of a donkey
As we came down through the town we encountered a squad of little donkeys
ready saddled for use.
I recollect I awoke from this state for the first time at Basle, one evening; the bray of a donkey
aroused me, a donkey
in the town market.
Here the donkeys
were disposed of and a great horse purchased, upon which the two rode far up into a rough and uninviting country away from the beaten track, until late one evening they approached a ruined castle.
Oh," said the shaggy man, "if they're donkeys
, we've nothing to fear at all.
Nevertheless," he said to Barbicane, "some valuable and useful beasts, bullocks, cows, horses, and donkeys
, would bear the journey very well, and would also be very useful to us.
Without goin' so far as to as-sert, as some wery sensible people do, that postboys and donkeys
is both immortal, wot I say is this: that wenever they feels theirselves gettin' stiff and past their work, they just rides off together, wun postboy to a pair in the usual way; wot becomes on 'em nobody knows, but it's wery probable as they starts avay to take their pleasure in some other vorld, for there ain't a man alive as ever see either a donkey
or a postboy a-takin' his pleasure in this
Meanwhile, they were drawing near the town where the races were to begin next day; for, from passing numerous groups of gipsies and trampers on the road, wending their way towards it, and straggling out from every by-way and cross-country lane, they gradually fell into a stream of people, some walking by the side of covered carts, others with horses, others with donkeys
, others toiling on with heavy loads upon their backs, but all tending to the same point.
Then be called ten times a donkey
, and a mule, and an ass, and begone, or I'll clear the world of thee
said the long-legged young man, and directly got upon his cart, which was nothing but a large wooden tray on wheels, and rattled away at such a rate, that it was as much as I could do to keep pace with the donkey
, which had been lent for the occasion on the condition that they should be careful of it.
laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard, the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door, the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes, and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house; and, as they were all rather tired with their journey, they soon fell asleep.
I mustn't make them too big," he said, as he whittled, "or our horse would become a donkey
So they opened the door and entered the house, where a little light-brown donkey
, dressed in a blue apron and a blue cap, was engaged in dusting the furniture with a blue cloth.
Near by is another tribe that eats donkey
-meat--a custom most revolting to the surrounding tribes that do not eat donkey