And she sang the low, crooning seal song that all the mother seals sing to their babies:
He paddled and scrambled about by his mother's side, and learned to scuffle out of the way when his father was fighting with another seal, and the two rolled and roared up and down the slippery rocks.
One day, however, as he was lying half asleep in the warm water somewhere off the Island of Juan Fernandez, he felt faint and lazy all over, just as human people do when the spring is in their legs, and he remembered the good firm beaches of Novastoshnah seven thousand miles away, the games his companions played, the smell of the seaweed, the seal roar, and the fighting.
Then he would crawl forward inch by inch, and wait till the seal came up to breathe.
The Tununirmiut returned from the yearly salmon-fishing, and made their houses on the early ice to the north of Bylot's Island, ready to go after the seal as soon as the sea froze.
Kotuko went out, day after day, with a light hunting-sleigh and six or seven of the strongest dogs, looking till his eyes ached for some patch of clear ice where a seal might perhaps have scratched a breathing-hole.
Seal desisted from their labors, and the old joke about luncheon, which came out regularly at this hour, was repeated with scarcely any variation of words.
Seal wandered about with newspaper cuttings, which seemed to her either "quite splendid" or "really too bad for words.
Seal looked at Katharine for the first time, suspiciously, because she was a person who needed cake.
To punish me, he shut me up in this vase of copper, and he put on the leaden cover his seal
, which is enchantment enough to prevent my coming out.
Her Ladyship was called away into the next room to the dog, before she could seal the envelope.
Moody mentioned just now," he said, "that your Ladyship was called into the next room before you could seal your letter.
Its shores, in certain places, and at certain seasons, are covered with seals
, while others are playing about in the water.
There were more seals than anything else, forming distinct groups, male and female, the father watching over his family, the mother suckling her little ones, some already strong enough to go a few steps.
Indeed, there were too many seals on shore, and we ought not to lay such temptation in this unreflecting fisherman's way.