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Perils of the German Language

Cornelius Appin taught Tobermory the cat to speak. Appin was later killed in Dresden Zoo by an elephant which had shown no previous signs of irritability. When Clovis heard about this he remarked: "If he was trying German irregular verbs on the beast, he deserved all he got."

Adapted from Saki (1912) The Chronicles of Clovis.


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