Well, for the future, when you cook
another whale-steak for my private table here, the capstan, I'll tell you what to do so as not to spoil it by overdoing.
Lion or no lion," quoth the valorous Cook, "come thou straight forth, else thou art a coward heart as well as a knavish thief.
cried Little John, "coward's name have I never had; so, look to thyself, good Cook, for I come forth straight, the roaring lion I did speak of but now.
At this speech the Cook looked up and down, scratching his head in doubt, for he loved good feasting.
But the Cook did not lag far behind, for straightway his hands also were deeply thrust within the goodly pasty.
Quick hands snatched the bundle from the cook, and hungry mother arms folded the sleeping infant to her breast, while hot tears of joy ran down her cheeks and her whole frame shook with the emotion of the moment.
She did not know that in his capacity as cook he had that day been rowed up this very stream to a little village where he had bartered with the natives for such provisions as they had for sale, and that he had there arranged the details of his plan for the adventure upon which they were now setting forth.
As she debated the wisdom of risking disturbing the child's slumber by lifting the blanket that now protected its face from the sun, she noted that the cook conversed with the chief in the language of the Negro.
He then took them to the kitchen and shut himself up with the cook, who began to cook them as she had done the four others on the previous day.
As soon as the Sultan had the fish he had them carried to his room with all that was needed to cook them.
Then he shut himself up with the grand-vizir, who began to prepare them and cook them.
threw a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.
And now good Reynold Greenleaf," said the cook, "we may as well settle this brave fight we have in hand.
Naught save who can handle the sword best," said the cook.
A new voice hailed the cook
, speaking from one of the bed-places in the side of the hut.