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 +====== concerning the Jabberwock ======
  
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 +“I myself was on a hunting trip in Africa with a young friend of mine.  Showing him how it was done and getting him out from under the dotage of his overbearing father. ​ It was nothing but ‘Beware this’ and ‘Beware that’ over the slightest of creatures from that old man.  He had obviously never been on an adventure in his entire life.  I suspect in fact, that he was a commoner.”
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 +Duke Peter pauses a moment in recollection.
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 +“The trip itself to the borogoves of Africa was quick and without incident. ​ We managed to be swallowed quite quickly by a passing whale at the beginning of the journey – which is in my estimation by far the fastest method of sea travel. ​ Steering is a simple case of tonsil manipulation and exiting the creature upon reaching our destination is sheer simplicity itself, as all gentleman carry a modicum of snuff.”
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 +He turns to address the doctor.
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 +“Well you might think the Jabberwock to have been extinct in Africa, good doctor. ​ For in our expedition we hunted them down to the last of their breed. ​ For they are an easy species to track, always frequenting Tumtum trees and burbling as they move.  We chased many a Jabberwock as they whiffled through the tulgey woods. ​ And several sword strokes would often kill the beasts.”
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 +“It was their poor sport that worried me.  So after we were down to a breeding pair of Jabberwocks,​ I thought to myself – there must be a way to breed a hardier animal. ​ Forthwith I set forth and caught a frumious Bandersnatch,​ whose tenacity and voraciousness were legendary. ​ Thanks to a potion I had about my person given to me by the Empress Catherine the Great (but that is another story), it was a simple matter to entice the animals to procreate.”
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 +“The resultant frumious Jabberwock as we so named it possessed a thickened hide that naught but a vorpal blade could shear. ​ Once we introduced the Jubjub bird into our breeding program, we soon had the Jabberwock’s arsenal of animal weaponry replete with jaws to bite and claws to catch.”
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 +“Unfortunately for us, the animals had become so ferocious by this time that containing them in their cages proved impossible. ​ And one brillig night, when the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe, they escaped – wreaking havoc on our encampment.”
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 +“Through fortunate foresight, Lewis had about his person a vorpal blade. ​ With a quick snicker-snack he beheaded one of the beasts, driving the rest back into the tulgey wood.  I let him keep the head to show to his father upon our return to England.”
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 +“I regret, your unexpected encounter with the Jabberwock in Africa, Marquis – as I had bred them to be challenging game for well prepared hunters. ​ Why else would one travel to Africa after all?”
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