A Journey in Other Worlds
It was obvious to them that tortoises were not much troubled by the apparently general
foe, for the specimen in which they were just then interested continued his course entirely
unconcerned. Soon, however, he seemed to feel fatigue, for he drew his feet and head
within his shell, which he tightly closed, and after that no poking or prodding had the
"I suspect we must depend on shank's mares for a time," said Bearwarden, cheerfully, as
they scrambled down.
"We can now see," said Cortlandt, "why our friend was so unconcerned, since he has but
to draw himself within himself to become invulnerable to anything short of a stroke of
lightning; for no bird could have power enough to raise and drop him from a great height
upon rocks, as the eagles do on earth."
"I suspect, if anxious for turtle soup," said Bearwarden, "we must attach a lightning--rod,
and wait for a thunderstorm to electrocute him."