4243. When Otis saw that Remo was considering the Rooster’s proposal, he turned to the bird and said, “Are you out of your mind?” To disregard Remo’s feelings in that way was quite out of character for Otis who was, as a rule, very sensitive to the feelings of others.
4244. But the idea of traveling around the country-side with a sensitive little dog for company seemed such an idiotic idea to him, that he could not but help thinking that Remo would be relieved to be spared the ordeal of such an endeavor.
4345. When he saw that neither Remo nor the Rooster responded to his remark he went on, “Just consider for a moment traveling through the woods with all its dangers, making our way into the treacherous Alps and across dangerous glaciers, and all the while carrying some expensive Ming Dynasty jade vase, and trying not to damage it.”
4246. “But Otis,” said the Rooster, “we are not going to be carrying any Ming vases on our travels.”