A Menagerie (Conjunctions Book 61)
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luggage—suitcase, carrier, valise holding the Tirpitz cutout—and hailed a taxxxi. He told the driver to get him across town as quickly as possible. Against the odds, we arrived at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue a full hour ahead of schedule. The Pelican nose cone lay in the far corner of the conference room, afloat inside the open-ended barrel. After hiding the backup team in a broom closet, Skinner set the capsule on the polished oak table and secured Sasha, Thomas, and me in our respective cockpits.
with unrestrained glee. “P-p-p-pigeons!” echoed Kresky. “Of course they’re pigeons!” countered Skinner. “That’s what you paid for!” “A scruffy bunch of p-p-p-pooping p-p-p-pigeons!” snickered Bissonette. “They delivered the bomb to the target!” wailed Skinner. “They sank Tirpitz!” “They crapped in their cockpits!” cried Culkin, guffawing. “Radar guidance might not work, but it doesn’t get the runs!” said Plantinga, howling hysterically. And from that moment on, it was clear to all of us—to
crane hoist off the deck of a freighter a truck-sized freezer containing the Asiatic buffalo. I’d glance into the workroom and see the island fox being sponged down in carbolic acid, the woodland caribou pickled in a tank, the Mona ground iguana tanned in a tub of alum. I gazed on once as he toiled several long hours pasting the Apache trout onto its manikin. I caught him in a moment of acute concentration adding the final touches of enamel paint to the Himalayan wolf’s eyes. I observed the very
the swan. * How sad it would be, filled with rage, with phlegm, with weakness, to suffocate, a twisted body, in the bottom of a gourd. * In the white of the cry, the crime betrayed itself, threw itself, terrible in the consciousness of all those living in the neighborhood. It was necessary to open the shutters, the eyes and the languishing rest of the almost finished day. The criminal himself, pierced by the cry, stops and does not make a move. The red liquid with the minute stammering,
He got a fatal dose: Sixty milligrams is the fatal dose for that kind of snake. MORROW: What is the venom used for? BURROUGHS: To make antivenom. That’s a large-scale operation. MORROW: You have to have the exact same snake venom to get the antivenom? BURROUGHS: Sure, well, there are classes of venom. The two main classes are neuro- and hemotoxic venom. Neurotoxin is a nerve venom. That’s the cobras. Cobras, kraits, sea snakes, mambas. This is quite painless. People may not even know