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Every day , when Mr Hoppy looked over his balcony and saw Mrs Silver whispering endearments to Alfie and stroking his shell , he felt absurdly jealous . He wouldn't even have minded becoming a tortoise himself if it meant Mrs Silver ...
They differ only in their size and in the colour of their shells . Alfie had a darkish shell , so Mr Hoppy chose only the darker - shelled tortoises for his great collection . Size , of course , was everything .
Then he lowered the two claws neatly over Alfie's shell and pulled the lever . The claws closed tightly over the shell like two fingers of a hand . He hauled Alike his own balcony . It was easy . S Mr Hoppy weighed Alfie on his own ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mstrust - LibraryThing
Mr. Hoppy has been in love with the widowed Mrs. Silver for years. He lives in the apartment above hers and grows plants on his balcony, which gives him the excuse to look down and discuss her beloved ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbybslax - LibraryThing
It was a cute bedtime story and I think it’s improved my fondness for turtles somehow, but the ending isn’t as pleasant as I expected. Marriages shouldn’t be founded on lies. But at least Alfie the Turtle lived/lives a good life. Read full review