“....they had been eating rats this last month and more, rats caught in the bowels of the ship by the captain of the hold and laid out, neatly skinned, opened and cleaned, like tiny sheep, in the orlop, for sale at a price that rose week by week, to reach its present shocking rate of fivepence a knob.”
Patrick O'Brian, 'H.M.S. Surprise' (1973)
“George stood up for precedent. He said he had never heard of water-rats in Irish stew, and he would rather be on the safe side, and not try experiments.”
Jerome K. Jerome, 'Three Men in a Boat' (1889)
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