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ters that are to meet you to morrow.
Viat. That we wil, Sir, and to all the lovers of Angling too, of which number, I am now one my self, for by the help of your good discourse and company, I have put on new thoughts both of the Art of Angling, and of all that profess it: and if you will but meet me too morrow at the time and place appointed, and bestow one day with me and my friends in hunting the Otter, I will the next two dayes wait upon you, and we two will for that time do nothing but angle, and talk of fish and fishing.
Pise. 'Tis a match, Sir, Fl not fail you,God willing,to be atAmivelHil o morrow morning before Sunristng.
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for the Sun is just rising, and I my self just now come to this place, and the dogs have just now put down an Otter, look down at the bottom of thehil, there in that Meadow, chequered with water Lillies and Ladysmocks, there you may see what work they make: look,you see all busie,men and dogs,dogs and men, all busie.
Pise. Sir, I am right glad to meet you, and glad to have so fair an entrance into this dayes lport,and glad to see so many dogs, and more men all in pursuit of the Otter \ lets complement no longer, but joine unto them; come honest Viator, lets
be be gone, lets make haste, I long to be doing; no reasonable hedge or ditch shall hold me.
Viat. Gentleman Huntsman , where found you this Otter?
Hunt. Marry (Sir) we found her a mile off this place a fishing; she has this morning eaten the greatest part of this Trout, she has only left thus much of it as you see, and was fishing for more; when we came we foundherjustatit: butwewerehere very early, we were here an hour before Sun-rise, and have given herno rest since we came: sureshe'l hardly escape all these dogs and men.I am to have the skin if we kill him.
Viat. Why, Sir, whats the skin worth?
Hunt. 'Tis worth ten shillings to make gloves; the gloves of an Otter are the best fortification for your hands against wetweather that can be thought of.
Pise. Ipray,honest Huntsman,let me ask you a pleasant question, Do you hunt a Beast or a fish?
H. Sir,Itisnotin my power to resolve you; for the question has been debated among many great Clerks, and they seem to differ about it; but most agree, that his tail is fish: and if his body be fish too, then I may say, that a fish will walk upon land (for an Otter does so) sometimes five or six, or ten miles in a night. But (Sir) I can tell you certainly, that he devours much fish, and kUs and spoils much more: And I can tell you, that he can smel a fish in the water one hundred yards from h im (Gesner say es,much farther) and that his stones are good against the Falling-sickness: and that there is an herb Benione, whichbeing hung in a linen cloth near a Fish Pond,or ^any haunt that he uses, makes him toN^yoid the place, which proves he canMfeell both by water and land.
And And thus much for my knowledgof the Otter, which you may now see above water at vent, and the dogs close with him; I now see he will not last long, follow therefore my Masters, follow, for Sweetlips was like to have him at this vent.
via. Oh me, all the Horse are got over the river, what shall we do now?
Hun. Marry,stay alittle&follow, both they and the dogs will be suddenly on this side again, I warrant you, and the Otter too it may be: now have at him with Kilbuck, for he vents again.
via. Marry so he is,forlookhe vents in that corner. Now, now Ringwood has him. Come bring him to me. Look, 'tis a Bitch Otter upon my word, and sho-has lately whelped, lets go to the place where me was put down, and not far from it, you will find all her young ones, I dare warrant you: and kill them all too.