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"The Crab That Played with the Sea," by Rudyard Kipling

      ‘This is wrong. Launch your canoe and we will find out who is 

playing with the Sea,’ said the Eldest Magician. They stepped into the

canoe; the little girl-daughter came with them; and the Man took his 

kris — a curving, wavy dagger with a blade like a flame, — and they

pushed out on the Perak river. Then the Sea began to run back and 

back, and the canoe was sucked out of the mouth of the Perak river, 

past Selangor, past Malacca, past Singapore, out and out to the 

Island of Bingtang, as though it had been pulled by a string.