Under the conditions, when he met Bates, he would probably be told that Jenkins, underkeeper and Territorial lance corporal, had resolved to end the vicious career of a hoodie crow, and had not scrupled to reach the wily robber with a bullet. So Police Constable Farrow took fifteen minutes to cover the ground which Trenholme's longer stride had traversed in ten.
One morning they all ran down to the river to wash their clothes, when a hoodie came round and sat on a tree close by. 'Wilt thou wed me, thou farmer's daughter? he said to the eldest. 'Indeed I won't wed thee, she answered, 'an ugly brute is the hoodie. And the bird, much offended, spread his wings and flew away.
The girl was surprised at his words, for she did not know that he could be anything but a hoodie at all times. Still she said nothing of this, and only replied, 'I would rather thou wert a man by day and a hoodie by night. And so he was; and a handsomer man or a more beautiful hoodie never was seen. The girl loved them both, and never wished for things to be different.
So, after a good dinner with the English fishermen, Sandy piloted me down the road through the thickening dusk. I remember a hoodie crow flew close behind us with a choking, ghostly cough that startled me.
'If thou leavest them, we will steal them, said a hoodie who was perched on a stone above him, and the giant answered: 'Steal them if thou wilt; there is no time to go back. 'My father's breath is burning my back, cried the girl; 'look in the mare's ear, king's son, or we are lost, and he looked, and found a tiny bladder full of water, which he threw behind him, and it became a great lock.
We walked leisurely along the brink of the Black Craigs a line of steep cliffs bordering the western portion of the Mainland. At times a hoodie crow would fly across our path, or the red grouse be startled from their nests in the freshly-budding heather; and sea fowl in large numbers sailed gracefully over our heads or deep down the cliffs, making the chasms echo with their ceaseless screaming.
Her face clouded at mention of her aunt and Hoodie and the second bell rang out. "Only three more minutes," called a steward close to Marcella's side. "All for the shore ready, please!" "You'll be looking after Aunt Janet, doctor?" she said gravely. "And Wullie? He'll miss me if you'd make it possible to call and have a few words with him at the hut when you're passing."
"Oh! would the black dog of the carcass of flesh were here!" No sooner spoke he the word than the grateful dog was at his side; and after the hind he went, and they were not long in bringing her to earth. But he no sooner caught her than a hoodie sprang out of her. "Would that the falcon grey, of sharpest eye and swiftest wing, were here!"
But the following day he came back again, and said to the second girl: 'Wilt thou wed me, farmer's daughter? 'Indeed I will not, answered she, 'an ugly brute is the hoodie. And the hoodie was more angry than before, and went away in a rage. However, after a night's rest he was in a better temper, and thought that he might be more lucky the third time, so back he went to the old place.
'Indeed I won't wed thee, she answered, 'an ugly brute is the hoodie. And the bird, much offended, spread his wings and flew away. But the following day he came back again, and said to the second girl: 'Wilt thou wed me, farmer's daughter? 'Indeed I will not, answered she, 'an ugly brute is the hoodie. And the hoodie was more angry than before, and went away in a rage.