Only one of the Twelve had a remark to make for some time, and that was a small-framed, big-spectacled gnome called "History." He leaned over and said to his elbow-companion, "Bobbles": "Tug is a regular Demoskenes!" "Who's Demoskenes?" whispered Bobbles. "Why, don't you remember him?" said History, proudly. "He was the fellow that used to fill his mouth full of pebbles before he talked."
This was not Jim Dyckman's fear, but his own was as great, for everybody was some dreadful elbow-companion. Lucian showed Jupiter himself cowering on his throne in the sky and twiddling his thunderbolt with trembling hand as he wondered what the fates held in store for him, and saw on earth the increasing impudence of the skeptics.