... is the Elephant’s Child having his nose
pulled by the Crocodile (see illustration). He is much surprised and astonished
and hurt, and he is talking through his nose and saying, ‘Led go! You are
hurtig be!’ He is pulling very hard, and so is the Crocodile; but the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake
is hurrying through the water to help the Elephant’s child. All that black
stuff is the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River (but I
am not allowed to paint these pictures), and the bottly-tree with the twisty
roots and the eight leaves is one of the fever trees that grow there.
Underneath the truly picture are shadows of
African animals walking into an African ark. There are two lions, two ostriches,
two oxen, two camels, two sheep, and two other things that look like rats,
but I think they are rock-rabbits. They don’t mean anything. I put them
in because I thought they looked pretty. They would look very fine if I
were allowed to paint them.