The begining of the 19th chapter.
When Rhoda entered through the palace doors, there was a pole made of a golden metal near the entrance, and at its head there was a rod parallel to the floor. On it she saw, with great pleasure, the big parrot she had asked for: green colored, with a little bit of a yolky yellow color at the tips of its feathers, and a red beak. She turned to it and said “Good evening mister owl.”
“Whhhaaa!” it answered her promptly “I am a pretty parrot and not a colorless owl! Don’t be more stupid than you are!”
“You may be a pretty parrot” she told him with a bit of resentment “but very far from being polite! If I was not stupid enough to ask for you, you wouldn’t even exist! So you better think well on what you intend to say, if you don’t want me to ask that you will disappear!”
“Whhhaaa! If you will do that, you will be stupid as well as not nice! and you will have no one to talk with!” the parrot answered her boldly, and Rhoda understood that the parrot, as opposed to Belshazzar and Mee, will not necessarily agree with her and will not do everything she will tell it. A feeling of great freedom came over her.
Rhoda felt that what she really missed was someone who will argue with her, but will not be in a threatening position towards her. She was tired of all this ‘as you wish’ and ‘your majesty’. She wanted someone or something that will not necessarily do as she wished.
“It might well be,” she answered the parrot “but in that case there will be no one around me who will tell me that I am like that! You have the greatest luck – because I am nicer than I am stupid and willing to suffer a parrot like you, who is more pretty than courteous!”
When Rhoda saw it intended to answer her she said “Now it is best that you will shut up, or I will order that you be put in a cage and turn off the light!”
For a moment it seemed as if the parrot intended to answer her, because it opened its beak, but all that it said was “Whhhaaa! Parrot wants a biscuit.”
And immediately Mee stood beside her, with a plate full of biscuits, and Rhoda took one from it and gave it to the parrot, who took it from her hand, turned to deal with it and did not say another word.