A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY 23
'What makes you think that?' I asked. 'It seems to me much more like a cocoa-nut.'
And when he persisted in his opinion, I told him to split it open, in order that we might prove what it was.
This he did, and found I was right; but the nut, alas! from lying on the ground, had rotted, and could not be eaten, and appeared merely like a bit of dried skin.
Fritz was much amused at this.
' How I wish Ernest could have been here!' he cried. ' He envied me the fine large cocoa-nuts I was to find, and the whole teacupful of milk which was to spring out from the inside!'
' Never mind,' I said, ' we will find a good one before we go home, and take one to Ernest, too.'
After looking for some time we did really discover another, and on opening it, were delighted to find it tolerably good. It was a little oily and rancid, it is true, yet we enjoyed it, and then went on with our exploration. We pushed our way across the wood, being often obliged to cut a path through the bushes, overrun by creeping plants, with our hatchet. At last we reached a plain, which we crossed before plunging again into a wood on the right.