62 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
' The boys stared with round eyes and open mouths, while I burst out laughing.
'" Oh ! what fine sportsmen !" cried I ; " they will never let us be in want of game. ' Ah ! if one would but come at this very moment I"'
' Ernest was so mortified that he began to cry, while Jack took off his hat, made a profound bow, and roared out, as if for the bird to hear:
' " Have the goodness, Mr. Traveller, to indulge me once more with a little visit, only for a single minute ; you cannot imagine what good sort of people we are. I entreat that we may have the pleasure of seeing you once again."
' We now minutely examined the place from which the birds had flown, and found a kind of large nest formed of dry plants, of clumsy workmanship. The nest was empty, with the exception of some broken shells of eggs, showing that the young had not been long hatched; indeed, we heard some rustling in the grass which told us they were not far off, but we could not see them.
' We next reached a little wood, and I do not think you can have been there, for the trees were so enormous that you could not have helped noticing and remarking on them. The odd part about them was, what appeared to us at a distance