The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 64
Scene II. — The Peninsula
Hinemoa plunges into the lake to swim over, but, owing to some defect in the Boyton, finds herself standing on her head in the water. And reflecting that progress to the island in that position would be both uncomfortable and unbecoming, she struggles out again and tears off the apparatus in a rage. With flashing eyes and vengeful heart she speeds after the peddler, "gives him one" on the top of his head with the thigh-bone of her defunct great-uncle, takes back her five thousand acres, stows the body where the chief cook will find it easily, ties a string of gourds around her neck, and sets off once more on the swim.