By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
Who wishes a ladder while you’ve bought a giraffe with a longer neck?
The Ladderless Window-Cleaning corporation definitely does not. They don’t desire a pail, both, simply because they've got a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the bathing and Billy as their supervisor, this company is destined for fulfillment. Now they've got their massive break—a probability to scrub all 677 home windows of the Hampshire condo, owned by means of the richest guy in all of britain! That’s interesting adequate, yet alongside the best way there are surprises and adventures past their wildest window-washing desires.
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I do,’ the Duke acknowledged firmly, ‘and I’m no longer having any of you risking your foolish necks round right here. ’ if you want to be neighbors with a Giraffe, by no means say something undesirable approximately its neck. Its neck is its proudest ownership. ‘What’s flawed with my neck? ’ snapped the Giraffe. ‘Don’t argue with me, you silly creature! ’ cried the Duke. ‘If you can’t succeed in it, you can’t achieve it and that’s the top of it! Now get on together with your paintings! ’ ‘Your Grace,’ the Giraffe stated, giving the Duke a small enhanced smile, ‘there aren't any home windows on the earth i can't succeed in with this magical neck of mine. ’ The Monkey, who was once dancing approximately such a lot dangerously on most sensible of the Giraffe’s head, cried out, ‘Show him, Giraffey! cross on and express him what you are able to do together with your magical neck! ’ the following second, the Giraffe’s neck, which heaven is aware was once lengthy adequate already, started to develop longer and LONGER … and LONGER … and LONGER … and better … and better … and better … until eventually finally the Giraffe’s head with the Monkey on best of it used to be point with the home windows of the head flooring. The Giraffe seemed down from her nice top and stated to the Duke, ‘How’s that? ’ The Duke was once speechless. So used to be I. It was once the main magical factor I had ever noticeable, extra magical even than the Pelican’s Patented Beak. Up above us, the Giraffe used to be commencing to sing a bit music, yet she sang so softly i'll rarely capture the phrases. i believe it went whatever like this: ‘My neck can stretch extraordinarily excessive, a lot larger than eagles can fly. If I ventured to teach simply how excessive it's going to pass You’d lose sight of my head within the sky! ’ The Pelican, along with his large beak choked with water, flew up and perched on one of many top-floor window-sills close to the Monkey, and now the good window-cleaning company particularly all started. the rate with which the group labored used to be impressive. once one window was once performed, the Giraffe moved the Monkey over to the following one and the Pelican undefined. while all of the fourth-floor home windows on that facet of the home have been comprehensive, the Giraffe easily drew in her magical neck until eventually the Monkey used to be point with the third-floor home windows and stale they went back. ‘Amazing! ’ cried the Duke. ‘Astonishing! amazing! extraordinary! I haven’t noticeable out of any of my home windows for 40 years! Now I can be in a position to sit down interior and revel in the view! ’ all of sudden I observed all 3 of the Window-Cleaners cease lifeless of their tracks. They appeared to freeze opposed to the wall of the home. None of them moved. ‘What’s occurred to them? ’ the Duke requested me. ‘What’s long past unsuitable? ’ ‘I don’t know,’ I responded. Then the Giraffe, with the Monkey on her head, tiptoed very gingerly clear of the home and got here in the direction of us. The Pelican flew with them. The Giraffe got here up very on the subject of the Duke and whispered, ‘Your Grace, there's a guy in a single of the bedrooms at the 3rd ground. he's commencing all of the drawers and taking issues out. He’s received a pistol! ’ The Duke jumped a few foot within the air. ‘Which room? ’ he snapped. ‘Show me instantaneously! ’ ‘It’s the single at the 3rd flooring the place the window is huge open,’ the Giraffe whispered.