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Madame Moonshine

A "witchy little owl," Madame Moonshine prefers the dark shadows of the forest to the open sunlight of the ranch. But even though she prefers privacy, Madame Moonshine has been known to show up at some very opportune moments - usually, when Hank is in dire need of a little magic to escape his latest predicament.

"You think you can help me, Madame?"

"Maybe and maybe not. We'll have to test you. How many fingers am I holding up?"

I squinted at her. "Uh... three?"

"No! I'm holding NO fingers up. Owls HAVE no fingers. Can you read the letters on this chart?"

I squinted again. "Ma'am, I can't even see the derned chart."

"Good! Excellent! There isn't one. Now, can you tell me the color of this tree?"

You can fool Hank the Cowdog once in a row or maybe twice in a row but not three times. "There's no tree, ma'am."

"There certainly IS a tree! This is the bottom part, called a root. It's brown. Yes, you have a problem, but I just happen to have a cure."

Hank the Cowdog #2: The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Illustration by Gerald L. Holmes from Hank the Cowdog #11: Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest )

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