Life on the Bolotomy
Chapter 15: At the Source
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IS NOT WISE to try to prolong an episode that is approaching its natural
end—best not to try to fan the embers of a dying conversation; best not,
when dinner is over and the wine is gone, to call for another bottle.
I thought for a moment of suggesting to Raskol that we just hang around
where we were for a couple of days, living on a diet of nuts and berries,
before we finished the trip, but I could see that it wouldn’t be right
to do so, and I resigned myself to having the journey end.
BABBINGTON CLAM COUNCIL
Grunting with each exertion, each thrust, the
mob of boys pushed the boat with a mighty effort, and the vines were rent
asunder. The boat thrust through the snug opening, and the boys fell
back, self-satisfied. Raskol and I stepped through the opening they
had made and into blazing sun. The Bolotomy lay ahead of us, running
for a hundred yards or so as an ornamental stream. On the banks were trim
lawns and topiary plantings, commemorative statues, and benches, maintained
by the Babbington Department of Public Works.
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“My Mother Takes a Tumble,” “Do Clams Bite?,” “Life on the Bolotomy,” “The Static of the Spheres,” “The Fox and the Clam,” “The Girl with the White Fur Muff,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “Call Me Larry” were originally published in paperback by Apple-Wood Books.
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The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.