138 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
turned, that the other side might be baked also.
' Oh, how nice it smells !' cried Ernest eagerly.
As soon as the cake was cold, we broke some of it into crumbs, and gave it to two of the fowls, and a larger piece to the monkey, who nibbled it delightedly, while the boys stood by envying him, for I had decided they must wait a little while to see that there were no ill-effects before tasting it themselves. For dinner, therefore, we had potatoes, and afterwards, finding that the monkey and the fowls were perfectly well, we returned to the bag of manioc.
A large fire was quickly lighted, and when at last the cakes were baked everyone of us enjoyed them very much.
The rest of the day was employed by the boys in making several turns with their wheelbarrows, and by myself in different arrangements in which the ass and our raft had a principal share, both being employed in drawing to Tent House the remaining articles we had brought from the ship.
From the time of discovering the pinnace, my desire to have it had been irresistible ; but I saw I should have to take the three eldest boys to help me in such a difficult job ; and it was some time