At the end of the day the Man called the Horse and the Dog and the Ox together, and said, “Three, O Three, I’m very sorry for you; but that Humph-thing in the Desert can’t work, or he would have been here by now, so I am going to leave him alone, and you must work double-time to make up for it.”
That made the Three very angry, and they held a panchayat on the edge of the Desert; and the Camel came chewing cud and laughed at them. Then he said “Humph!” and went away again.
Presently there came along the Djinn who was in charge of All Deserts, rolling in a cloud of dust.
|panchayat||a village council, to discuss problems and arrive at a fair solution|
|cud||partly digested food that animals bring back from the stomach and chew further|