He had waited too often and futilely in the past for porcupines
to unroll, to waste any more time.
They had the most wondrous shapes; some looked like large ugly porcupines
; others like snakes knotted together, with their heads sticking out; and others, again, like small fat bears, with the hair standing on end: all were of dazzling whiteness--all were living snow-flakes.
"I think it is merely an overgrown porcupine
, but here in Oz they consider Chiss an evil spirit.
In this way, they hovered round him, feathering him with arrows, as he reared and plunged about, until he was bristled all over like a porcupine
. When they perceived in him signs of exhaustion, and he could no longer be provoked to make battle, they would dismount from their horses, approach him in the rear, and seizing him by the tail, jerk him from side to side, and drag him backward; until the frantic animal, gathering fresh strength from fury, would break from them, and rush, with flashing eyes and a hoarse bellowing, upon any enemy in sight; but in a little while, his transient excitement at an end, would pitch headlong on the ground, and expire.
This usually consists of a gray surcoat and leggins of the dressed skin of the antelope, resembling chamois leather, and embroidered with porcupine
quills brilliantly dyed.
Each distant thicket seemed a strange porcupine
with quills of flame.
'Rough!' cried Miss La Creevy, 'a porcupine
's a featherbed to him!
"Well, don't make a porcupine
of yourself, it isn't becoming.
He was a shortish gentleman, with very stiff black hair cut in the porcupine
or blacking-brush style, and standing stiff and straight all over his head; his aspect was pompous and threatening; his manner was peremptory; his eyes were sharp and restless; and his whole bearing bespoke a feeling of great confidence in himself, and a consciousness of immeasurable superiority over all other people.
A big brown fruit-eating bat brushed past his ear; a porcupine
's quills rattled in the thicket; and in the darkness between the tree stems he heard a hog-bear digging hard in the moist warm earth, and snuffing as it digged.
It began when the winter Rains failed almost entirely, and Ikki, the Porcupine
, meeting Mowgli in a bamboo-thicket, told him that the wild yams were drying up.
It was highly-wrought in wampum, and profusely ornamented with beads and porcupine
's quills, after the most cunning devices of Indian ingenuity.