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By E. B. White

Swan Song

Like the remainder of his relations, Louis is a trumpeter swan. yet in contrast to his 4 brothers and sisters, Louis cannot trumpet joyfully. actually, he cannot even make a valid. and because he cannot trumpet his love, the gorgeous swan Serena can pay completely no cognizance to him.

Louis attempts every thing he can contemplate to win Serena's affection--#8212;he even is going to college to profit to learn and write. yet not anything turns out to paintings. Then his father steals him a true brass trumpet. Is a musical device the major to profitable Louis his love?

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Louis set his horn down and took up his slate back. “I am taking Serena away with me in an afternoon or two,” he wrote. “Oh, no you’re no longer! ” stated the pinnacle guy firmly. “Serena now belongs to the Zoo. She is the valuables of the folks of Philadelphia. She got here right here as a result of an act of God. ” “It wasn’t an act of God,” wrote Louis. “It used to be a excessive wind. ” “Well, anyway,” stated the pinnacle guy, “she’s my swan. ” “No, she’s mine,” wrote Louis. “She’s mine on account of the facility of love—the maximum strength on the earth. ” the pinnacle guy grew to become considerate. “You can’t take Serena from the Zoo. she's going to by no means fly back. My keepers clipped certainly one of her wings a couple of minutes in the past. ” “They attempted to,” wrote Louis, “but I beat them up. ” the top guy appeared shocked. “Was it a great struggle? ” “It was once a good fight,” spoke back Louis. “They have been sneaking up on her from at the back of, so I sneaked up on them from at the back of. They not often knew what hit them. ” the top guy chuckled. “I want I’d visible it,” he acknowledged. “But glance right here, Louis, you’ve acquired to achieve the placement I’m in. i've got an obligation to the folk of Philadelphia. in the final couple of months, I’ve got infrequent birds through accident—you and Serena. Trumpeter Swans! One arrived right here blown by means of a gale, the opposite to maintain a nightclub engagement. the full company is most unique for a zoo. i've got my accountability to the general public. it's my accountability as Head guy answerable for Birds to determine that Serena remains. You your self, in fact, are unfastened to go away should you are looking to, simply because Mr. Lucas insisted that you just stay unfastened after we prepared in your Sunday concert events. yet in Serena’s case . . . good, Louis, she’s received to have her left wing tip amputated. The Zoo can’t have enough money to lose a tender, appealing, beneficial Trumpeter Swan simply because you occur to be in love. in addition to, i feel you’re creating a nice mistake. for those who and Serena remain the following, you’ll be secure. You’ll haven't any enemies. You’ll haven't any concerns approximately your kids. No fox, no otter, no coyote will ever assault you with motive to kill. You’ll by no means cross hungry. You’ll by no means get shot. You’ll by no means die of lead poisoning from consuming the shotgun pellets which are at the backside of all ordinary lakes and ponds. Your cygnets can be hatched each one spring and should dwell a longevity in excellent ease and luxury. What extra can a tender cob ask? ” “Freedom,” responded Louis on his slate. “Safety is all good and solid: I favor freedom. ” With that, he picked up his trumpet and performed “Button up your overcoat, whilst the wind blows unfastened . . . ” the pinnacle guy smiled. He knew simply what Louis intended. For your time the 2 remained silent. Louis positioned his trumpet apart. Then he wrote: “I ask favors. First, dispose of the operation on Serena till after Christmas—I’ll warrantly she won’t attempt to get away. moment, permit me ship a telegram. ” “O. ok. , Louis,” spoke back the pinnacle guy. And he passed Louis a sheet of paper and a pencil. Louis wrote out a telegram to Sam Beaver. It stated: AM within the PHILADELPHIA ZOO. this is often AN EMERGENCY. COME instantaneously. i'm going to PAY YOUR aircraft FARE. AM NOW prosperous. (Signed) LOUIS He passed the telegram to the pinnacle guy in addition to 4 money from his funds bag.

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