Yet therein was usually to be found his favourite crony and gossip, Ngurn, always willing for a yarn or a discussion, the while he sat in the ashes of death and in a slow smoke shrewdly revolved curing human heads
suspended from the rafters.
The trophies of both these her husband always bore about on his head
and face; for if ever human head
did by its horns display the amorous glories of a wife, Zekiel's did; nor did his well-scratched face less denote her talents (or rather talons) of a different kind.
Something struck me on the back of the head
, partially stunning me and knocking me to the deck.
Several accompanied them, including one who carried the loose head
under his arm.
(and which was hidden somewhere under the glossy black hair) was fiery, harsh and haughty in the extreme, and it often led the Princess to do unpleasant things which she regretted when she came to wear her other heads
A dolorous place it was, this canoe house, filled with groans and sighs, corpses beneath the floor and composing the floor, creatures soon to be corpses upon the floor, corpses swinging in aerial sepulchre overhead, long black canoes, high-ended like beaked predatory monsters, dimly looming in the light of a slow fire where sat an ancient of the tribe of Somo at his interminable task of smoke-curing a bushman's head
. He was withered, and blind, and senile, gibbering and mowing like some huge ape as ever he turned and twisted, and twisted back again, the suspended head
in the pungent smoke, and handful by handful added rotten punk of wood to the smudge fire.
Then he seated himself again, adjusted his false head
, and said:
He was quite short and stout and had a big head
, which was flat at the top and supported by a thick neck full of wrinkles.
Before that, I never knew what it was to foam at the mouth, but now the action of the sharp bit on my tongue and jaw, and the constrained position of my head
and throat, always caused me to froth at the mouth more or less.
`Idiot!' said the Queen, tossing her head
impatiently; and, turning to Alice, she went on, `What's your name, child?'
Upon Sheldon fell the unpleasant task of tallying the heads
. They were all there, nine of them, white men's heads
, the faces of which he had been familiar with when their owners had camped in Berande compound and set up the poling-boats.
Many were the doubtful looks cast upon the heap of miscellaneous material that now cluttered the roof, and finally the Scarecrow shook his head