Fit the Seventh: The Banker’s Fate

  1. The Barrister’s Dream
  2. The Hunting of the Snark
  3. The Vanishing
    • They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
    • They pursued it with forks and hope;
    • They threatened its life with a railway-share;
    • They charmed it with smiles and soap.
    • And the Banker, inspired with courage so new
    • It was matter for general remark,
    • Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view
    • In his zeal to discover the Snark.
    • But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
    • A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
    • And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
    • For he knew it was useless to fly.
    • He offered large discount—he offered a cheque
    • (Drawn “to bearer”) for seven-pounds-ten:
    • But the Bandersnatch merely extended its neck
    • And grabbed at the Banker again.
    • Without rest or pause—while those frumious jaws
    • Went savagely snapping around—
    • He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
    • Till fainting he fell to the ground.
    • The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
    • Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
    • And the Bellman remarked “It is just as I feared!”
    • And solemnly tolled on his bell.
    • He was black in the face, and they scarcely could trace
    • The least likeness to what he had been:
    • While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white—
    • A wonderful thing to be seen!
    • To the horror of all who were present that day,
    • He uprose in full evening dress,
    • And with senseless grimaces endeavoured to say
    • What his tongue could no longer express.
    • Down he sank in a chair—ran his hands through his hair—
    • And chanted in mimsiest tones
    • Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
    • While he rattled a couple of bones.
    • “Leave him here to his fate—it is getting so late!”
    • The Bellman exclaimed in a fright.
    • “We have lost half the day. Any further delay,
    • And we sha’n’t catch a Snark before night!”
  1. The Barrister’s Dream
  2. The Hunting of the Snark
  3. The Vanishing