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"Now I'm getting a little tired of the phrase 'I want them to be confident.' If you can't vary your thinking you could try to vary your language."
"How long have you been hunting this lion now, honey?"
"It seems like forever and I could have killed him three months ago if you and G.C. would have let me. I had an easy chance and you wouldn't let me take him."
"Because we didn't know he was this lion, a marauding lion. He might have been a lion that had come from Amboseli with the drought. G.C. has a conscience."
"Both of you have the conscience of bush-wacky delinquents," Miss Mary said. "...Perhaps if we just drive back the way we've come he'll get used to seeing the hunting car. It would be fun to have breakfast."
It was what I had been hoping she would say.
Arap Maina did not think that the lion would kill that night. I told him he had looked very heavy when he had gone off into the forest that morning. He doubted if the lionesses would kill that night either although they might and the lion might join them. I asked him if I should have made a kill and tied it up or covered it with brush to try to hold the lion. He said the lion was much too intelligent. We had killed for him once before and he had left the country. He had then been with a lioness that was in heat. He was fascinated by her and they paid no attention to us at all. The lion was so big and so beautiful that we, not knowing him nor his history, had believed that he must be a picture lion which had wandered out from the national park and that it would be murder for Mary to kill him. He was in the open under a tree and the lioness was teasing him. So it had looked like a wonderful chance to take photographs but when a piece of meat had been brought close to the tree he and the lioness had gone off into the edge of the belt of forest and had never come back. This was the time that Mary felt we had deprived her of him. But G.C. did not wish to take any chance of our killing a lion that had not been condemned and I agreed with him absolutely.
It was more than three months since Mary had first seen him with his lioness and since it is about three months and three weeks between breeding and the birth of the cubs this could be the same mate he had then. I was sure he was the same lion and so was Arap Maina but there was no way we could know about the lioness since she had altered in appearance so by being with cubs. Now she looked big enough to be a maneless lion.
Anyway food was plentiful now for the lions as more game was coming in from the direction of the Chyulus as the grass grew higher and Arap Maina was sure Mary's lion would be here for at least two weeks if unmolested. Other lions would certainly come in. But there was no possibility of confusing them with him. If we killed him it would satisfy the Masai and if cattle killing continued by any of the other lions, which seemed doubtful with so much game coming in, we would find the lion that did it and Arap Maina and I would kill him.