In spite of this warning had she not grabbed Toto quickly by the neck the little dog would have done the yellow hen a mischief, and even now he struggled madly to escape Dorothy's grasp.
And this is Billina," continued Dorothy, introducing the yellow hen, and they all bowed to her in turn.
I've such wonderful news," said the hen, turning her head so that one bright eye looked full at Dorothy.
It was so hard to tell them apart," explained the hen.
Don't mention it, my dear," answered the hen, calmly, and began preening her feathers.
It's strange," said the girl, reflectively; "but as I'm not a hen I can't be 'spected to understand that.
The yellow hen was some company, and a bit of comfort, too; but it was dreadfully lonely out on the big ocean, nevertheless.
After a time the hen flew up and perched upon the topmost slat of the coop, which was a little above Dorothy's head when she was sitting upon the bottom, as she had been doing for some moments past.
Over there a little way," answered the hen, nodding her head in a certain direction.
There is nothing in the world so miserable as a wet hen.
I'm a trifle hungry, myself," declared the yellow hen.
My name is Bill," said the yellow hen, somewhat gruffly.