Giovanni Battista TIEPOLO, Apollo and the Continents (Figure of Asia), 1752-53
Giraffes, Elephants, Ichneumons & Papingos
... Philippa, who had never before had the experience of introducing two Scotsmen to each other, found to her relief that they had got on rather well. Sheemy, indeed, viewed Abernethy's dark, turbaned face with a certain reverent awe. 'Ye'll hae seen a rhynocerots then,' he said. 'Oo: a right gruesome beast, yon. And yon great humpybackit deils wi' the long grissely snouts hanging down twixt their teeth. That's an aweful sicht, yon.'
'Elephants' said Archie.
'Whatever ye call them. And Ziraphs. Hae ye seen a ziraph? All speckly reid and whit neck, wi a camel-heid on the tap that could lick the roof of a ten store tenement. Yon's disgrace against nature. I seen one cut up back there outside Cairo, for why I'd not care to guess, gin ye needed a speckly stair runner.'
'Cut up?' said Archie quickly , 'D'you mean dissected?'
'I meant cut up,' said Sheemy Wurmit. 'By a fellow called Giles.' ...
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