You have swallowed a snake in a cup of sacramental wine," quoth he.
To an envious author, who depreciated works which he could never equal, he said that his snake was the slimiest and filthiest of all the reptile tribe, but was fortunately without a sting.
But nothing seemed to please Roderick better than to lay hold of a person infected with jealousy, which he represented as an enormous green reptile, with an ice-cold length of body, and the sharpest sting of any snake save one.
It was said, too, that an answering hiss came from the vitals of the shipmaster, as if a snake were actually lurking there and had been aroused by the call of its brother reptile.
Sometimes, in his moments of rage and bitter hatred against the snake and himself, Roderick determined to be the death of him, even at the expense of his own life.
My sable friend Scipio has a story," replied Roderick, "of a snake that had lurked in this fountain--pure and innocent as it looks--ever since it was known to the first settlers.
hung on our corral fence for several days; some of the neighbours came to see it and agreed that it was the biggest rattler ever killed in those parts.
But Darzee had built it out of reach of snakes, and it only swayed to and fro.
It looks very funny, but it is so perfectly balanced a gait that you can fly off from it at any angle you please, and in dealing with snakes this is an advantage.
Those who kill snakes get killed by snakes," said Chuchundra, more sorrowfully than ever.
One of the bearers was bitten by a poisonous snake
, and though prompt measures were taken, the poison spread so rapidly that the man died.
As soon as the spring opens they move down the right bank of Snake
River and encamp at the heads of the Boisee and Payette.
He lifted his foot, and to the little toe there clung the head of the half-killed snake, firm fixed in the agony of death.
He was bitten by a snake and died; the rest the sahib knows," was the answer.
No wonder the snakes live here," said Strickland, climbing further into the 'roof.