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First Line: With an elephant to ride upon-'with rings on her
Last Line: Which dubs them prosaic necessities—not curios.
Subject(s): Elephants


WITH an elephant to ride upon—"with rings on her fingers and bells on her
toes,"
she shall outdistance calamity anywhere she goes.
Speed is not in her mind inseparable from carpets. Locomotion arose
in the shape of an elephant; she clambered up and chose
to travel laboriously. So far as magic carpets are concerned, she knows
that although the semblance of speed may attach to scare-crows
of æsthetic procedure, the substance of it is embodied in such of those
tough-grained animals as have outstripped man's whim to suppose
them ephemera, and have earned that fruit of their ability to endure blows,
which dubs them prosaic necessities—not curios.





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