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.
FORMER LABOUR MP TONY BANKS "When you see the way she was done down, you are bound to think that the people who organised the coup must have had a conscience bypass." 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." But the alternatives upset people inordinately too.
Anybody who dared to call Margaret Thatcher 'The Great She-Elephant
' was my hero.
He rules jointly with the queen mother, the Ndlovukazi or "great she-elephant
", in southern Africa's only land where political parties are banned.
Men who are determined to finish what the Great She-Elephant
started - the destruction of the post-1945 settlement in this country.
THE former Conservative MP who mocked Margaret Thatcher as "the great she-elephant
'' is dead.
I just managed to recover before a rampaging she-elephant
stampeding from lingerie to household goods bore down, scattering the crowd before her.