And when I come upon it I shall find that I have bought a crumbling pile of ruined masonry, unfit to house a family of foxes
," replied the old woman peevishly.
While the travelers were looking with curiosity at this beautiful arch there suddenly marched out of it a company of soldiers--only the soldiers were all foxes dressed in uniforms.
Good afternoon, captain," he said, bowing politely to all the foxes and very low to their commander.
We're pretty well, thank you, Shaggy Man," said he; and Dorothy knew that the Love Magnet was working and that all the foxes now loved the shaggy man because of it.
As our friends marched along, some of the foxes came out on the porches and balconies to get a view of the strangers.
So he finally quieted down, like a wise doggy, deciding there were too many foxes in Foxville to fight at one time.
The captain led them through many rooms, where richly dressed foxes were sitting on beautiful chairs or sipping tea, which was being passed around by fox-servants in white aprons.
In the corner of the room upon a richly carved golden throne, sat the fox-king, surrounded by a group of other foxes, all of whom wore great spectacles over their eyes, making them look solemn and important.
Sometimes I heard the foxes
as they ranged over the snow-crust, in moonlight nights, in search of a partridge or other game, barking raggedly and demoniacally like forest dogs, as if laboring with some anxiety, or seeking expression, struggling for light and to be dogs outright and run freely in the streets; for if we take the ages into our account, may there not be a civilization going on among brutes as well as men?