The tails of two snakes were hanging between the cloth and the cornice of the wall.
No wonder the snakes live here," said Strickland, climbing further into the 'roof.
He flung it from him quickly and it dropped crossways just behind the great snake's hood, pinning him to the floor.
But look you, Kaa!" He caught the snake behind the hood, forced the mouth open with the blade of the knife, and showed the terrible poison-fangs of the upper jaw lying black and withered in the gum.
The snake in his bosom seemed the symbol of a monstrous egotism to which everything was referred, and which he pampered, night and day, with a continual and exclusive sacrifice of devil worship.
He appeared to imagine that the snake was a divinity,--not celestial, it is true, but darkly infernal,--and that he thence derived an eminence and a sanctity, horrid, indeed, yet more desirable than whatever ambition aims at.
Roderick, amidst the throng of the street, laid his hand on this man's chest, and looking full into his forbidding face,"How is the snake to-day?" he inquired, with a mock expression of sympathy.
"The snake!" exclaimed the brother hater--"what do you mean?"
I followed with the spade over my shoulder, dragging my snake. Her exultation was contagious.
He did not say anything for a minute, but scratched his head and turned the snake over with his boot.
I scream for him to run, but he just hit and hit that snake like he was crazy.'
A snake of his size, in fighting trim, would be more than any boy could handle.
The house was as still as still, but he thought he could just catch the faintest scratch-scratch in the world--a noise as faint as that of a wasp walking on a window-pane--the dry scratch of a snake's scales on brick-work.
"That is good," said the snake. "Now, when Karait was killed, the big man had a stick.
Darzee's wife knew better than to do that, for a bird who looks at a snake's eyes gets so frightened that she cannot move.