Hereby presenting an excerpt from A Book of the Country and Garden (1903) by H. M. Batson. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page which is an illustration by F. Carruthers Gould and A. C. Gould.
One of these was a mongrel fox-terrier named Joe, and so well did he understand all our conversation that when we did not wish him to know our plans we were forced to speak in Spanish, for he was quite good at elementary French. If we spoke English the matter was hopeless.
“Where are you driving to-day?”
“I am going to pay a call at Butterbridge.”
“Shall you take le petit chien?”
By saying “le petit chien” instead of “the dog” Jim would imagine that he was using all the necessary wiles of dissimulation.
“No, they don’t like dogs. I must leave him at home.”
An hour or so would go by, and our efforts to find Joe would become exasperating; so in despair I would start to find le petit chien waiting for me a mile away smiling by the roadside. He always smiled when he had got the better of me, but I only once heard him laugh aloud.
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