I wouldn’t say you were too “dumb” to catch it, Omni. We just haven’t read the same books, I suppose. It’s a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So-Stories, from the story “The Elephant’s Child” which, O my Best Beloved, tells the story of how the Elephant got his truck. The Elephant’s Child in the story is full of “'satiable curtiosity” – just like me! If you aren’t familiar with the book you ought to hurry down to the library and pick it up – especially if you have children, but even if you don’t. It is full of charming stories that are tremendous fun to read aloud. My personal favorite is “The Cat That Walked By Himself” which begins:
Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild.
Read that line aloud and you’ll see what I mean. Check it out!
Full of 'satiable curtiosity