Posted by: David Jensen
Date posted: Fri, 16 Jul 1999
On a more positive note, Bristol now understands that when MS calls you "a partner" what they really mean is "lunch".
The Walrus and the Carpenter"
... The Walrus and the Carpenter
They wept like anything to see
- Were walking close at hand;
"If this were only cleared away,"
- Such quantities of sand:
- They said, "it WOULD be grand!"
"If seven maids with seven mops
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
- Swept it for half a year,
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
- "That they could get it clear?"
- And shed a bitter tear.
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
- The Walrus did beseech.
We cannot do with more than four,
- Along the briny beach:
- To give a hand to each."
The eldest Oyster looked at him.
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
- But never a word he said:
Meaning to say he did not choose
- And shook his heavy head --
- To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young oysters hurried up,
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
- All eager for the treat:
And this was odd, because, you know,
- Their shoes were clean and neat --
- They hadn't any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And thick and fast they came at last,
- And yet another four;
All hopping through the frothy waves,
- And more, and more, and more --
- And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
And then they rested on a rock
- Walked on a mile or so,
And all the little Oysters stood
- Conveniently low:
- And waited in a row.
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax --
- "To talk of many things:
And why the sea is boiling hot --
- Of cabbages -- and kings --
- And whether pigs have wings."
... "It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
After we've brought them out so far,
- "To play them such a trick,
The Carpenter said nothing but
- And made them trot so quick!"
- "The butter's spread too thick!"
"I weep for you," the Walrus said.
With sobs and tears he sorted out
- "I deeply sympathize."
Holding his pocket handkerchief
- Those of the largest size.
- Before his streaming eyes.
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter.
Shall we be trotting home again?"
- "You've had a pleasant run!
And that was scarcely odd, because
- But answer came there none --
- They'd eaten every one.'
By Lewis Carroll