Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XIII. Floating Capital [5/16]
Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial
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Evolution, Human Development, Darwinism, Ornithology, Zoology, Nutrition
The illustration shows activity on the top of a house-boat (the 'Volcano Villa' of the story), which is sailing into a sunset. On the chimney of the house is perched a strange spoonbill (a 'pangofflin') with a beak formed in the shape of two forks. On the roof, a simian William Nutt (the long-serving man servant in the story) balances on the top of a chair, juggles various items of cutlery, and balances several bottles on its nose. This entertainment pleases Nutt's employer, Grace Marchmont, who looks on admiringly from her resting place near the chimney stack.
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