12 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
Jack, you have no great reason to boast of the adventure.'
Ernest suggested that the lobster had better be put into the soup; but this his mother opposed, observing that we must be more economical of our provisions than that, for the lobster of itself would furnish a dinner for the whole family.
I complimented Jack on his being the first to find an animal that might serve for food, and promised him, for his own share, the famous claw which had nipped him so tightly.
' Ah ! but I have seen something too that is good to eat,' said Ernest; ' and I should have got it if it had not been in the water, so that I must have wetted my feet-----'
' Oh, that is a famous story !' cried Jack. ' I can tell you what he saw—some nasty mussels. Why, I would not eat one of them for the world. Think of my lobster!'
' That is not true, Jack, for they were oysters, and not mussels, that I saw. I am sure of it, for they stuck to the rock.'
' Well,' said I, addressing Ernest, ' go and fetch some at once ; you will have to get used to wetting your feet here, so the sooner you begin the better.'
' All right,' he answered : ' and at the same time I