"I said the Time of New Talk is near," growled the panther, switching his tail.
I shall know when the Time of New Talk is here, because then thou and the others all run away and leave me alone." Mowgli spoke rather savagely.
"It was the Time of New Talk," said the panther, always very humble.
The panther lay down again with a sigh, because he could hear Ferao practising and repractising his song against the Springtime of New Talk, as they say.
Their voices then are different from their voices at other times of the year, and that is one of the reasons why spring in the Jungle is called the Time of New Talk.
The mosses curled deep and warm over his feet, the young grass had no cutting edges, and all the voices of the Jungle boomed like one deep harp-string touched by the moon--the Moon of New Talk, who splashed her light full on rock and pool, slipped it between trunk and creeper, and sifted it through a million leaves.
I--we--were singing in the Jungle the new songs, for this is the Time of New Talk. Rememberest thou?"
"We follow thee always, except in the Time of the New Talk."
But they may not come--in the Time of New Talk they may forget me."
Is the Time of New Talk any less sweet for that?" they would reply.