If he had been able to do that, he would have said to himself: "We have here an animal of most peculiar and unattractive appearance, though, upon examination, it seems to be only a cat stealing a fishbone.
Gipsy had seized the fishbone by the middle.
And Gipsy could not open his mouth without relinquishing his fishbone.
Never releasing the fishbone for an instant, Gipsy laid back his ears in a chilling way, beginning to shrink into himself like a concertina, but rising amidships so high that he appeared to be giving an imitation of that peaceful beast, the dromedary.
It's swimmin' around down there," he continued, peering into the cistern, "and kind of roaring, and it must of dropped its fishbone, 'cause it's spittin' just awful.
Therefore, on small accounts he decided to leave the field to his enemies and to carry the fishbone elsewhere.
And he approached the fishbone, his padded feet making no noise upon the boards.