The Duck and the Kangaroo-Value Points, Useful Expression & Paraphrasing

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THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO

By- Edward Lear

Value Points

  • The Duck and the Kangaroo were fast friends.
  • The Duck wanted to be brisk like the Kangaroo.
  • Once the Duck expressed her desire before the Kangaroo that she wanted to go round the world sitting on his back.
  • But the Kangaroo had problems with her wet and cold feet.
  • The Duck assured the Kangaroo that she had found a solution to the problem.
  • She had bought four pairs of worsted socks to fit her web-feet nicely. She had also bought a cloak to keep him out of the cold. Besides, she would smoke a cigar every day to please his friend, the Kangaroo.
  • The Kangaroo accepted the Duck’s proposal and became ready to give the Duck a ride, on his back.
  • Together they, the Duck and the Kangaroo, went around the world three times. They were very happy.

Useful Expressions

Good gracious!A mode of greeting with respect.

… a bore in this nasty pondThe Duck is unable to enjoy life in the pond.

… could hop like you!The Duck has the desire to jump, frisk and run in the fields like the Kangaroo.

a ride on your back!The Duck wanted to tour the world sitting on the back of the Kangaroo.

might bring me luckIf the Kangaroo gives the Duck a ride on his back, he will be lucky for his friend, the Duck.

Paraphrasing

                                 STANZA

 

MEANING

 

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,

“Good gracious! how you hop!

Over the fields and the water too,

As if you never would stop!

My life is a bore in this nasty pond,

And I long to go out in the world beyond!

 I wish I could hop like you!”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

 

The Duck praised the Kangaroo about the way he hops over fields and water. She also said that his joy had no end but her life was boring in the nasty pond. Besides, she had already spent half of her life. Now her desire was only to hop like her friend, the Kangaroo.

 

“Please give me a ride on your back!”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

“I would sit quite still, and say nothing but `Quack,

The whole of the long day through!

And we’d go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,

Over the land, and over the sea;

Please take me a ride! 0 do!”

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

 

Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,

“This requires some little reflection;

Perhaps, on the whole, it might bring me luck,

And there seems but one objection,

Which is, if you’ll let me speak so bold,

Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,

And would probably give me the roo-Matiz!” said the Kangaroo.

 

The Duck requested the Kangaroo to give a ride on his back. She also assured her friend that except ‘Quack’, she would do nothing. They — the Duck and the Kangaroo — would go to the see and the Jelly Bo Lee as well as over the land and sea. Repeatedly, the Duck requested the Kangaroo to give her a ride.

The Kangaroo replied that he needed some time for reflection. Perhaps her idea was good because it could bring luck for their friendship. But the unpleasant wet and cold web of the Duck was the problem for him. Probably he could not feel comfortable with them.

 

Said the Duck, “As I sat on the rocks,

 I have thought over that completely,

And I bought four pairs of worsted socks

Which fit my web-feet neatly.

And to keep out the cold I’ve bought a cloak,

And every day a cigar I’ll smoke,

All to follow my own dear true Love of a Kangaroo!”

 

The Duck said that sitting on the rocks she deeply thought over the problem. She had found a solution. She had bought four pairs of worsted socks to fit her web-feet healthy. Moreover, she had also bought a cloak to keep her out of the cold. She would smoke a cigar every day to please her friend — the Kangaroo. The Duck assured her friend that she would follow her orders like a true friend.
Said the Kangaroo, “I’m ready!

All in the moonlight pale;

But to balance me well, dear

Duck, sit steady!

And quite at the end of my tail!”

So away they went with a hop and a bound,

And they hopped the whole world three times round;

And who so happy — 0 who, As the Duck and the Kangaroo? 

 

The Kangaroo accepted the proposal and decided to set on the world tour in the moonlight. He also directed the Duck to sit quietly at the end of his tail. Then, they hopped the whole world three times. At the end of their tour, they were very happy and excited.
  

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