204 OLE LUK-OIE
* We're all of the same opinion, namely, that he's stupid.'
* Yes, certainly he 's stupid,' said the Turkey-cock ; and he gobbled.
Then the stork was quite silent, and thought of his Africa.
' Those are wonderful thin legs of yours,' said the Turkey-cock. ' Pray, how much do they cost a yard ?'
* Quack ! quack ! quack !' grinned all the Ducks ; but the Stork pretended not to hear it at all.
' You may just as well laugh too,' said the Turkey-cock to him, ' for that was very wittily said. Or was it, perhaps, too high for you ? Yes, yes, he isn't very penetrating. Let us continue to be interesting among ourselves.'
And the Hens clucked, and the Ducks quacked, ' Gick ! gack ! gick ! gack !' It was terrible how they made fun among themselves.
But Hjalmar went to the hencoop, opened the back door, and called to the Stork ; and the Stork hopped out to him on to the deck. Now he had rested, and it seemed as if he nodded at Hjalmar, to thank him. Then he spread his wings, and flew away to the warm countries ; but the Fowls clucked, and the Ducks quacked, and the Turkey-cock became fiery red in the face.
' To-morrow we shall make soup of you,' said Hjalmar;