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above stanzas to Adam and the Gate of Heaven,a or Paradise,ahave suggested to me the snake,
" And even in Paradise devise the snake,"
which reminds me that, last night, I said to the ancient and worthy person to whom is entrusted the care of this housea
44 Leave the drawing-room doors open while I am at dinner : the room gets overheated."
Then he, "I not like leave open the doors, because plenty snakes." 44 Snakes : where?"
44 Outside, plenty snakes, leave doors open come inside."
44 What sort of snakes ? "
44 Long snakes " (stretching out his arm to show the length), 44short snakes" (measuring off about a foot with the other hand). 44 Have you seen them ? " 44 Yes, plenty."
This is cheerful news, and I inquire : 44 Where ? " 44 In bedrooms." 14 When?"
44 Sometimes daytime, sometimes night-time." An even pleasanter prospect,abut I am still full of unbelief.