There was a long silence, and then one of the gun bullocks lifted up his big head and said, "This is very foolish indeed.
The bullocks and the camel said, half aloud, "Afraid of Two Tails--what nonsense!" And the bullocks went on, "We are sorry that you heard, but it is true.
"We don't, but we have to pull the guns," said the bullocks.
I can see inside my head what will happen when a shell bursts, and you bullocks can't."
"We do," said the bullocks. "It is red stuff that soaks into the ground and smells."
"But it is not here," said the camel and the bullocks. "Why are you so stupid?"
Yes, we have been here all night," said the bullocks.
We see out of our four eyes," said the bullocks. "We see straight in front of us."
"Hukm hai!" (It is an order!), said the camel with a gurgle, and Two Tails and the bullocks repeated, "Hukm hai!"
Still, when Brahmins but irritated with begging demands the mother of his master's wife, and when she sent them away so angry that they cursed the whole retinue (which was the real reason of the second off-side bullock
going lame, and of the pole breaking the night before), he was prepared to accept any priest of any other denomination in or out of India.
"M--yes, a new kind of bullock," the Mugger repeated ponderously, to make himself quite sure in his own mind; and "Certainly it is a bullock," said the Jackal.
That flood was no more than comes every five years-- a handful of drowned strangers, some chickens, and a dead bullock in muddy water with cross-currents.