Petersen Sahib came in on his clever she-elephant Pudmini; he had been paying off other camps among the hills, for the season was coming to an end, and there was a native clerk sitting at a table under a tree, to pay the drivers their wages.
There were white-tusked wild males, with fallen leaves and nuts and twigs lying in the wrinkles of their necks and the folds of their ears; fat, slow-footed she-elephants, with restless, little pinky black calves only three or four feet high running under their stomachs; young elephants with their tusks just beginning to show, and very proud of them; lanky, scraggy old-maid elephants, with their hollow anxious faces, and trunks like rough bark; savage old bull elephants, scarred from shoulder to flank with great weals and cuts of bygone fights, and the caked dirt of their solitary mud baths dropping from their shoulders; and there was one with a broken tusk and the marks of the full-stroke, the terrible drawing scrape, of a tiger's claws on his side.
I can't get the bugger off my back - While campaigning for Tony Benn in 1984 The Great She-elephant
, Shewho-must-be-obeyed, the Catherine the Great of Finchley, the prime minister herself - On Margaret Thatcher Same old Mafia again, I see - To a welcoming committee on arrival in Moscow OPPONENTS ON HEALEY A practical old bruiser with a first-class mind and very bad manners - Lord Hailsham A political thug - Lady Falkender One of the most insensitive know-alls of British politics - Lord Jenkins of Hillhead when he was plain Roy Jenkins
NEIL KINNOCK ON THE FALL OF MARGARET THATCHER "The great She-Elephant
- she has an impenetrably thick hide, she is liable to mount charges in all directions and she is always thinking on the trot.
, helped by her brave baby, survived the attack thanks to her incredible strength.
To modify the old saying of the great she-elephant
of Grantham "there is an alternative.
Men who are determined to finish what the Great She-Elephant
started - the destruction of the post-1945 settlement in this country.
I just managed to recover before a rampaging she-elephant
stampeding from lingerie to household goods bore down, scattering the crowd before her.