Of Longſeruauntes.


Longſeruauntes be mis-ſhapen gigantes that ſerue in howſes. Thei be monſtrous long and walke vpon but two Pawes, vsing ye otheres to catche ye harde ſhelde land ffyſh that dwelleth in high howſe-boxes.

Theyr Fore Pawes be ſhapen for ſeruice wt ſoft & stvnted clawes. In place of Foretoes thei beare fiue drie Tongves in eache pawe wherewith to ſooth & ſtroak vs. Thei vſe theyr Pawe Tongves alſoe to catche land fyſshe and wynkle them ovt of theyr ſhelles. Thei fyll and bringe ovr dyſshes with lande fyſsh and water, the whiche thei fynd in ye enchauntede Fountaine. But being ſimple thei are eaſilie distract and oft wil goe ovt of ye howſe to fyſshe and returne wt naughte.

Theyr Eies, Eares, & Snowtes all be rownd and weake. Wee feare no riuall Mowſe Hvnters amonge theyr nvmbre, for theyr ſenſes be but dulle. Thei growe blinde when ye ſunne goeth downe and ſoe thei crafte ſmale crvde ſunnes in theyr howſes.
Theyr Tayles doe not growe or ells thei cutte them soe thei can not iumpe, as befitteth seruauntes. Thei be uerie vsefvll toe vs notwtstandinge, for thei hvnt lande fyſhe in hye plaſes and feede vs well. Theyr bodyes be made toe kepe ovr sleepe mattes warme.

Thei be nigh naked in all but their enourmouſe heades, wherevpon groweth verie long furr like vnto ſpaniells eares eſpeciallie in females. Males maie haue a patch of terrier lyke furr beneath theyr mouthes. For shame thei hyde theyr bodyes vnder curiovſlie wroughte blanquetts.

Theyr Kitts be abowt ye ſize of a growne foure pawede perſon but uerie ſtupide. Thei can not walke or ſpeake or euen pisse in ye sand boxe as our Kitts doe. Most dams bring forth but .i. kitte after much labour. The dam hath but ii nipels and muſt hold the kitt wt hir fore pawes while it sucketh.
Thei oft ſlepe with vs, but knowe theyr place and doe not folow us intoe our cloſets and hidden beddes. Thei like to ſlepe on owre thicke ſofte raſed mattes, wherein at tymes thei make attempt to purre loudlie.

Thei haue litel ſpeech but much ſounde. Thei maie learne owre names but forgett them againe, callinge vs euer and againe by diuerſe ſovndes and noyſes. Oft thei call by one name all perſons of owr kynde, as Cue T, Kyt T, Pouſe C, Damkat. Thei can barke lyk dogges at neede but can not purre vnles thei be a-ſleepe.

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