Chapter 27 Summary

Fritz is outside his cave home at Tentholm with his parents when he sees something very strange. He describes it as something that draws up into coils and then raises itself into the air before it sinks back down and coils its body again. As Elizabeth hears his description, she becomes worried and calls out to the other boys who are playing farther away from the house. The family members then retreat into the cave, retrieve their guns, and aim them out the upper windows. The father takes out his spyglass to get a better look at the creature. It is, as he has feared, a giant snake.

The boys want to shoot the snake immediately. However, the father cannot allow this; so far the reptile has done no harm. Besides, the snake...

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