Esio Trot

Esio Trot

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 0142413828

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic…

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.

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for a little ride.” He wiggled the tortoise-catcher till it was right above Alfie. He pushed the hand-lever so that the claws opened wide. Then he lowered the two claws neatly over Alfie’s shell and pulled the lever. The claws closed tightly over the shell like two fingers of a hand. He hauled Alfie up on to his own balcony. It was easy. Mr Hoppy weighed Alfie on his own kitchen scales just to make sure that Mrs Silver’s figure of thirteen ounces was correct. It was. Now, holding Alfie in

for a little ride.” He wiggled the tortoise-catcher till it was right above Alfie. He pushed the hand-lever so that the claws opened wide. Then he lowered the two claws neatly over Alfie’s shell and pulled the lever. The claws closed tightly over the shell like two fingers of a hand. He hauled Alfie up on to his own balcony. It was easy. Mr Hoppy weighed Alfie on his own kitchen scales just to make sure that Mrs Silver’s figure of thirteen ounces was correct. It was. Now, holding Alfie in

one hand, he picked his way carefully through his huge collection of tortoises to find one that first of all had the same colour shell as Alfie’s and secondly weighed exactly two ounces more. Two ounces is not much. It is less than a smallish hen’s egg weighs. But you see, the important thing in Mr Hoppy’s plan was to make sure that the new tortoise was bigger than Alfie but only a tiny bit bigger. The difference had to be so small that Mrs Silver wouldn’t notice it. From his vast

such an appetite! I’ve never seen him eat like this before! It must be the magic words.” “You never know,” Mr Hoppy said darkly. “You never know.” Mr Hoppy waited seven whole days before he made his next move. On the afternoon of the seventh day, when Mrs Silver was at work, he lifted Tortoise Number 2 from the balcony below and brought it into his living room. Number 2 had weighed exactly fifteen ounces. He must now find one that weighed exactly seventeen ounces, two ounces more. From

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