Biggles - The Boy Biggles
W. E. Johns
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This contains thirteen short stories about Biggles' childhood in India. The book has a short prologue called 'A Word in Advance' and a short epilogue called 'In Conclusion'.
The stories are as follows:-
A TEST OF NERVE
Biggles does the bravest thing in his life in order to save the life of his friend, Captain John Lovell.
A CHAPTER OF ADVENTURES
Biggles saves his friend Habu from death on a collapsing rope bridge.
Biggles helps to tackle a wounded leopard and a fear crazed elephant.
DEATH IN THE WATER
Biggles saves a young boy from the jaws of a crocodile and later returns to kill it.
THE BIG BAD BEAR
Biggles goes on a bear hunt with Captain John Lovell with some unexpected results.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Biggles has an encounter with a huge python and breaks a tendon in his calf.
A SORT OF EDUCATION
Biggles saves an Indian girl from a rabid dog when he shoots it.
Biggles is charged by a buffalo and trapped in a tree. Later he is charged by a wild boar.
Biggles saves his friend Sula Dowla from two murderous Indians, members of the thuggee cult.
THE BLACK INTRUDER
A search for honey leads to an encounter with a Black Panther, which Biggles has to shoot.
A PROFESSOR LEARNS A LESSON
Biggles acts as an interpreter for a Professor and has to save his life when he falls off a cliff.
THE FOOLISH TIGER
Biggles is attacked by an injured tiger but fails to kill it. His father and John Lovell hunt it down.
THE LAST ADVENTURE
Biggles saves a man who is attacked by a leopard. Three weeks later he goes to school in England.
the garden and even into the house, it is likely that his experience in this respect began when he was quite small. We know he had at least two early escapes from sudden death from what was, and still is, the most common peril in rural India: snake-bite; which accounts for thousands of deaths every year. This can happen anywhere at any time, for some of the most deadly Indian snakes are so small and inconspicuous that they can creep unnoticed into the most unlikely places. The risk of this is
to, on the road being the man who had murdered the woman in the valley; for he could think of no possible reason why a normal Indian should come as far as this into the forest at such an hour. Indians knew the risks even better than he did. His mind made up he went on, eyes and ears very much alert, for let it not be supposed that he was happy about the situation in which he had put himself. He knew he was asking for trouble. If the truth must be told, in his fast-beating heart he was regretting
teeth gleamed like ivory. From its size and shape James knew it could only be one thing. A panther. That rare creature, a black panther. For some reason known only to itself, but possibly because he was standing still, it ignored James. Habu, on the other hand, was on his way back to the tree, and he was losing no time on the way. Reaching it with a yard or two to spare he went up it like a jack-in-the-box. Seeing what was likely to happen James snapped a shot at the panther; but, low on the
time I looked at it.” Habu Din smiled. They set off for home. [Back to Contents] A PROFESSOR LEARNS A LESSON JAMES had never been up to the really high ground, the upper foothills of the Himalayas, that lay to the north of Mirapore where his father was stationed. This itself was at the northern tip of the United Provinces, near Garhwal. One reason may have been that he never had a reason to go. It would have been a long and arduous journey, anyway. It is unlikely that he would ever
that evening, James’ father having provided accommodation for them in the house, their stay being a short one. The stranger had been introduced as Professor Nigel Desmond, an American, and the Skipper was acting as his guide and escort. He was tall, thin, with a high forehead from which the hair was already beginning to recede. He wore large spectacles. Naturally, he spoke with an American accent. James thought he seemed a nice enough fellow, if inclined to talk with too much self-assurance