The Annotated Hunting of the Snark | Chapter 15 of 34 - Part: 1 of 2

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“Fit the Third: THE BAKER’S TALE”

They roused him with muffins -- they roused him with ice --

They roused him with mustard and cress --

They roused him with jam and judicious advice --

They set him conundrums to guess.

When at length he sat up and was able to speak,

His sad story he offered to tell;

And the Bellman cried “Silence! Not even a shriek!”

And excitedly tingled his bell.

There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream,

Scarcely even a howl or a groan,

As the man they called “Ho!” told his story of woe

In an antediluvian tone.

“My father and mother were honest, though poor -- “

“Skip all that!” cried the Bellman in haste.

“If it once becomes dark, there’s no chance of a Snark --

We have hardly a minute to waste!”

“I skip forty years,” said the Baker, in tears,

“And proceed without further remark

To the day when you took me aboard of your ship

To help you in hunting the Snark.

“A dear uncle of mine (after whom I was named)

Remarked, when I bade him farewell -- “

“Oh, skip your dear uncle!” the Bellman exclaimed,

As he angrily tingled his bell.

“He remarked to me then,” said that mildest of men,

“‘If your Snark be a Snark, that is right:

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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