THE RAINBOW BOOK
" Great snakes ! " exclaimed Lord Algy. Captain Waring, who was eagerly peering through the branches of another tree close by, laughed as he rejoined, " Only one, my friend."
"Eh, what? Well I'm—" drawled his lordship, craning his neck and letting his eyeglass drop and dangle—he had stopped short in his sentence, not seeming quite to realise what he was. " By Jove!" he now added, " I certainly thought I hit one of those two fine brutes; most remarkable thing I ever saw in my life."
" Didn't see, you mean, my dear Algy," replied the Captain coolly and not without vexation. " I've seen a dead serpent before. Where have they moved to ? that's the question : we shall have to track them again. A dead snake in the grass is not worth two fine lions in the Jungle."
" No, my dear fellow, I don't think so either— I agree with you there—it's quite the contrary, of course," remarked his lordship with a certain amount of energy.
Meanwhile, Dulcie and Cyril, with white, scared faces, were fleeing hand in hand like pixies among the trees.