We've finally broken out of that rotten jungle and reached the
desert. This morning we found the old temple wherein resides wise
Shiekh Margolies ben Resident. We found him deep in thought as was to
be expected. The entrance to the thinkery was guarded by Margolies'
faithful eunuch, Eustis, who smiled at me alarmingly whilst he stood
leaning against his thward. Most fearsome, however, was the shiekh's
pet panther, El Snoopo ben Red Baron, who sat opposite the entrance
mumbling at me. I was not permitted to enter but spoke from the
entrance: "What do you think of the chances of reaching the mushroom
cave, Shiekh?" "I'll give it some thought", he answered. "Should I
beware of the riff-legionaire tussle going on in the desert?" "Let me
think about that one", he replied. "Can you direct me to the mushroom
caves?" "I think so." "Do you have the 'kith', that is, the snake
charming weapon?" "Stop persecuting me, I can't think!"
Eustis smiled and told me that the 'kith' was a thing to do and not a
weapon. Backing away from him I left this thinking place with Margolis
wimpering "I can't think, I can't think." As I passed by El Snoopo he
mumbled, "Curses on you, Orkie Ass". Ponderingly, we proceeded.