The Hoot of the Owl
A. M. Robertson, 1904 - 227 páginas
A collection of short humorous essays and addresses. Some concern, or were delivered as talks to, the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.
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Página 11 - A wise old owl lived in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
Página 123 - Captain's honor the neighboring trees were decorated with girls bound fast and awaiting the moment when they should be served at the royal table. One of the most toothsome was destined for the dinner of the distinguished guest; and when the Captain was asked in what style he would have his girl served up, he astonished his cannibal friends with the words: "Your Majesty, I'll take mine raw.
Página 14 - My aunt was an elderly lady, not exactly prepossessing in her exterior, but shockingly virtuous and as unmarried as possible. Her favorite beverage was tea of valerian with a stick in it of sulphuric ether. She wore green spectacles, always felt miserable and respectable, and between asafoetida and valerian led a most unhappy life.
Página 14 - ... and talked virtue and gossip. It took considerable time before I could separate the idea of virtue from that of green...
Página 14 - She wore green spectacles, always felt miserable and respectable, and between asafoetida and valerian led a most unhappy life. Her only occupation was virtue. In her leisure hours she made a most interesting collection of medicine-bottles and pill-boxes, of all shapes and sizes.