Sir Cliffords whale has been articulated throughout; so that, like a great chest of drawers, you can open and shut him, in all his bony cavities out his ribs like a gigantic swing all day upon his lower jaw. Locks are to be put upon some of his trap-doors and shutters; and a footman will […]
Sir Clifford thinks of charging twopence for a peep at the whispering gallery in the spinal column; threepence to hear the echo in the hollow of his cerebellum; and sixpence for the unrivalled view from his forehead.
In both cases, the stranded whales to which these two skeletons belonged, were originally claimed by their proprietors upon similar grounds. King Tranquo seizing his because he wanted it; and Sir Clifford, because he was lord of the seignories of those parts.