But don't try to make out I'm too innocent to eat a fat piglet if I could do it and not be found out.
"What a horrid, savage beast!" exclaimed a piglet; "and after we've been such good friends, too, and played with one another!"
Please go to my boudoir, Jellia, and get the white piglet I left on the dressing-table.
The piglet is gone, and you ran out of the room when Jellia opened the door.
When next the door was opened you ran out and hid yourself--and the piglet was gone.
"The criminal who now sits before the court licking her paws," resumed the Woggle-Bug, "has long desired to unlawfully eat the fat piglet, which was no bigger than a mouse.
And we know the thing is true, because since the time of that interview there is no piglet to be found anywhere.
Tell them it would be foolish for me to eat the piglet, because I had sense enough to know it would raise a row if I did.
The kitten could not have eaten your piglet--for here it is!
If he can produce but seven, then this is not the piglet that was lost, but another one.
"Well," said another piglet, "you are a wizard, are you not?"
"Your Royal Highness and Fellow Citizens," he began; "the small cat you see a prisoner before you is accused of the crime of first murdering and then eating our esteemed Ruler's fat piglet--or else first eating and then murdering it.
As the Princess held the white piglet in her arms and stroked its soft hair she said: Let Eureka out of the cage, for she is no longer a prisoner, but our good friend.
If you hadn't happened to find the piglet, Eureka would surely have been executed.
"The piglet that belonged to the Princess wore an emerald collar," said Eureka, loudly enough for all to hear.
At first the piglet stuck in the neck of the vase and I thought I should get him, after all, but he wriggled himself through and fell down into the deep bottom part--and I suppose he's there yet.
The Wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand, and holding its head between one thumb and finger and its tail between the other thumb and finger he pulled it apart, each of the two parts becoming a whole and separate piglet in an instant.
Then he caught up another piglet and pushed it into the first, where it disappeared.
When he returned the Princess looked down the narrow neck of the big ornament and discovered her lost piglet, just as Eureka had said she would.
When he removed his hat the last piglet had disappeared entirely.
The first thing the little humbug did was to produce a tiny white piglet from underneath his hat and pretend to pull it apart, making two.