A lasting impression of Tarka the Otter is of the playfulness of these and other creatures. Tarka plays with anything to hand or paw: a water spout, a pebble, a dung-ball, a cocoa can. Here he is intrigued by a water-smoothed glass pebble, and Williamson uses a liquid image to convey its colour and opacity.

‘Tarka played with his pebble ….¬†Tarka tapped his pebble of glass, green and dim as the light seen through the hollow waves rearing for their fall on the sand.’


Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 100

Photo credit: Jeremy Bishop at unsplash.com


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