What does a tender guy bequeathed £500 and an elephant with a flavor for liquor do? Adrian Whistle thinks he has the reply - he will supply her to the circus. however it is not so easy.
Together Adrian and Rosy minimize a swathe of terror and destruction during the peaceable geographical region of southern England. inebriated or sober, Rosy spreads chaos in her wake, until her hapless sufferers declare the complete majesty of the legislations opposed to her . . .
'His uproarious first novel.' Daily Mirror
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'Enchanting . . . superbly told.' Scotsman
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Darcey’s face grew pink. ‘I breed the best horses within the country,’ he barked. ‘But it evidently couldn't were rather well informed? ’ enquired Sir Magnus. ‘It’s an ideal mount,’ snapped Darcey. ‘But horses outdoors circuses will not be knowledgeable to deal with elephants. ’ ‘So you are going to say it used to be fairly general on your horse to panic and throw you? ’ stated Sir Magnus. ‘Of course,’ acknowledged Darcey. ‘So your bruises have been actually sustained by means of falling off the pony? ’ enquired Sir Magnus. Darcey glared at him. ‘Come, come,’ acknowledged Sir Magnus silkily, ‘surely that's what you've been telling us? ’ ‘I don’t particularly see the place this line of wondering is getting us,’ acknowledged the pass judgement on plaintively. ‘M’lord,’ stated Sir Magnus, ‘I am in basic terms attempting to indicate in your lordship and to the jury’ (here he solid a fierce eye which appeared to electrify the total jury) ‘that the mild bruising, and that i use the witness’s personal phrases, that he sustained, used to be on the grounds that he was once thrown off his horse and that the bruising had not anything whatever to do with the elephant in query. ’ Sir Augustus received to his toes. ‘My lord,’ he acknowledged, ‘the indisputable fact that the witness sustained the bruising via falling off his horse isn't the aspect. He shouldn't have fallen off his horse if it had no longer been threatened by way of the elephant. ’ ‘Did the elephant do whatever on your horse? ’ enquired Sir Magnus of Darcey. ‘No,’ acknowledged Darcey reluctantly. ‘It simply trumpeted. ’ ‘Trumpeted, eh,’ stated the pass judgement on. ‘Interesting. I don’t imagine i've got ever heard an elephant trumpet. What’s it sound like? ’ ‘A kind of squeaking noise, your lordship,’ defined Sir Magnus. ‘However,’ he persevered, glancing on the jury, ‘I imagine we've made the purpose that during truth the elephant in query used to be now not answerable for any harm the witness sustained. Do you no longer agree, your lordship? ’ ‘Yes, certain. That’s very clear,’ acknowledged the pass judgement on and made a be aware. Sir Augustus forged a baleful stare towards Sir Magnus. the purpose, so far as he was once involved, had no longer been made very transparent in any respect, but when the pass judgement on acknowledged it had, he couldn't rather well argue the purpose. ‘I don't have any extra questions,’ stated Sir Magnus, sitting down with an air of pride. With the air certainly of 1 who has gained the case. The jury used to be visibly inspired. ‘I may maybe wish to remember this witness,’ stated Sir Augustus, ‘a little later within the lawsuits. ’ ‘Certainly, Sir Augustus’ acknowledged the pass judgement on. He bent over his notes for a second or so after which appeared up at Sir Magnus. ‘A squeaking noise, you acknowledged? ’ he enquired. ‘Yes, my lord,’ acknowledged Sir Magnus. ‘Rather just like the noise of a slate pencil magnified. ’ The pass judgement on rigorously wrote this piece of average historical past down in his notes. ‘I wish to name woman Berengaria Fenneltree. ’ woman Fenneltree, clad in a deep pink velvet gown and with a black veil on her straw hat, sailed into courtroom like a winning galleon. She took the oath, threw again her veil and nodded to the pass judgement on up to to claim ‘you could continue now’. In resolution to Sir Augustus’s questions she pointed out herself in her transparent penetrating voice and so amazing was once her manner that even the extra absent-minded of the jurymen sat up and took curiosity.