14 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
If wishing were any good, we might as well wish at once for a dozen silver spoons.'
' But at least,' said the boy, ' we can use some oyster-shells for spoons.'
' Good !' I said. ' Run quickly and fetch some of them.'
Jack ran first, and was up to his knees in the water before Ernest could reach the place. He threw the oysters to his brother, who put them into his handkerchief having first secured in his pocket one particularly large shell for his own use.
Fritz not having yet returned, his mother was beginning to be uneasy, when he suddenly appeared holding his hands behind him, with a sort of would-be melancholy air.
' What have you found ?' asked his brothers.
' Nothing,' he answered.
But Jack, running behind him, exclaimed :
'A sucking-pig ! a sucking-pig !'
Fritz thereupon proudly displayed his prize, which I recognised as an agouti, a little animal rather like a rabbit, and not a sucking-pig, as the boys had supposed. He had shot it in the wood.
Questions were eagerly showered upon him by his brothers, but I spoke seriously to him about the