So stubborn was its consistency, that in conveying my heavily-weighted hand to my mouth, the connecting links almost raised the calabash from the mats on which it had been placed.
These individuals now provided us with fresh mats to lie upon, covered us with several folds of tappa, and then extinguishing the tapers that had been burning, threw themselves down beside us, and after a little desultory conversation were soon sound asleep.
It had only one room and no furniture except beds of clean straw and a few mats
of woven grasses; but our travelers were contented with these simple things because they realized it was the best the Donkey-King had to offer them.
I loosed the mat and drew the dead child from the medicines, glancing round fearfully as I did so.
Then I wrapped up the child in my medicines and again bound the mat about the bundle.
I went again, bearing the mat containing the dead child in my right hand.
Then I undid the mat, and he looked on the child, and laughed aloud.
"Five goats and a new sleeping mat," mumbled Bukawai.
"Two fat goats and a sleeping mat." Momaya raised her bid; but Bukawai was obdurate.
Bring with you the three fat goats, the new sleeping mat, and the piece of copper wire the length of a large man's forearm."
If I had had the luck to meet with such a wife as Mat found!"
"And Mat blows away at his bassoon, and you're respectable civilians one and all," says Mr.