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Title: The butterfly's ball and the grasshopper's feast
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Title: The butterfly's ball and the grasshopper's feast
Physical Description: 72, 4 p. : ill. (some col.), music ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Ballantyne, R. M ( Robert Michael ), 1825-1894
Roscoe, William, 1753-1831
Thomas Nelson & Sons ( Publisher )
Publisher: T. Nelson and Sons
Place of Publication: London ;
Edingburgh ;
New York
Publication Date: 1884
 Subjects
Subject: Insects -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Butterflies -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Grasshoppers -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Dance parties -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1884   ( rbgenr )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1884   ( local )
Bldn -- 1884
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Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
United States -- New York -- New York
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Statement of Responsibility: by R.M. Ballantyne.
General Note: Publisher's catalogue follows text.
General Note: Frontispiece printed in colors.
General Note: Baldwin Library copy: some illustrations are hand-colored: probably by young owner.
General Note: Prose adaptation of the poem by William Roscoe, includes the original poem and music.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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To the Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's
feast;
For the trumpeter Gadfly has summoned his crew,
And the revels are now only waiting for you.


On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the
wood,
Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,
See the children of earth, and the tenants of air,
For an evening's amusement together repair.








8 THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL.

And there came the Beetle, so blind, and so black,
Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back;
And there came the Gnat, and the Dragonfly too,
And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.

And there came the Moth, with her plumage of
down,
And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and
brown,
Who with him the Wasp, his companion, did
bring-
They promised that evening to lay by their sting.

Then the sly little Dormouse peeped out of his
hole,
And led to the feast his blind cousin the Mole;
And the Snail, with her horns peeping out from
her shell,
Came fatigued with the distance, the length of
an ell.

"A Mushroom the table, and on it was spread
"A Water-dock leaf, which their table-cloth made;
The viands were various, to each of their taste,
And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the
feast.








THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL. 9

With steps more majestic the Snail did advance,
And he promised the gazers a minuet dance;
But they all laughed so loudly, he pulled in his
head,
And went, in his own little chamber, to bed.

Then, as evening gave way to the shadows of
night,
Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with
his light.
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COME, take up your hats, and away let us haste
To the Butterfly'sball and the Grasshopper's feast;
For the trumpeter Gadfly has summoned his crew,
And the revels are now only waiting for you.
On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the
wood,
Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,
See the children of earth, and the tenants of air,
For an evening's amusement together repair.

IT was very early one de-
lightful morning in summer,
when the trumpeter Gadfly







12 HAPPY BANDS.
sounded his horn, inviting
all the insects in the forest
to the Butterfly's ball and
the Grasshopper's feast. The
sun shone brightly, the air
was mild and soft, and the
scent of the wild flowers de-
licious, so that not one of the
insects thought of staying at
home. Butterflies, Beetles,
Bees, Wasps, Snails, Grasshop-
pers, Ants, all put on their
best coats and frocks, all put
on their sweetest smiles, and
all hurried off, in little bands,
to the ball, talking and laugh-
ing, and humming and buzz-







ON THE WAY. 13
ing, by the way, as if they
were the happiest creatures in
the wide world. Even the old
Beetle, that had been run over
by a cart-wheel and squeezed
nearly to death, got out of bed
when he heard what was going
on, and limped along with the
rest, though he had been con-
fined to the house for six
months before. One or two
Butterflies, that were never
known to go out except in
the very finest weather,--and
even then, carefully wrapped
up, determined to venture.
They were long in making up







14 THE SCENE OF THE REVELS.
their minds about it. One
thought it looked a very little
like rain; another feared that
the light breeze might give
them a cold. However, they
put on a great many cloaks,
and went.
From all directions they
came, and assembled on a
smooth, grassy spot, under an
old oak-tree, where the revels
were to take place. Some
crawled slowly along the
ground, some bounded quickly
over hill and dale, some came
running and tumbling, jump-
ing and hitting against things







GAY COMPANY. 15

in their haste; some came
swiftly through the air, and
alighted so suddenly as to
tumble head over heels; others
flew quietly to the scene and
fluttered lightly about, admir-
ing the gay company they
were about to join.

And there came the Beetle, so blind, and so
black,
Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back;
And there came the Gnat, and the Dragonfly
too,
And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.
The Black Beetle was the
first to make his appearance.
He carried his dear friend the
Emmet on his back, and a sad







16 TWO FRIENDS.

journey they had of it, to be
sure! Being very blind, the

















Beetle was constantly falling
over twigs, knocking his shins
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A SAD JOURNEY. 17
against the edges of leaves,
and tumbling into ditches, so
that the poor Emmet had
many terrible falls, and once
the great Beetle fell on the
top of him and crui'shed him
a good deal. But it was very
pleasant to see how cheerful
they were under all this. On
getting up after a fall, the
Beetle always laughed so bois-
terously that the tears ran
down his cheeks, and his
black sides nearly cracked;
while the little Emmet said
gaily, "Ah! my friend, acci-
dents will happen! not hurt, I
(417) 2







18 THE FIRST ARRIVALS.
hope? Come, get along once
more;" and then he jumped
up on his friend's back again,
and away they went as merrily
as ever.
A Gnat and a Dragonfly,
with a great many of their
relations, arrived about the
same time with the Beetle.
They looked quite charming
in their brilliant dresses, the
colours of which were chiefly
green, orange, and blue. A
large Blue-bottle Fly, with a
very light waistcoat, and a hat
stuck on one side of his head,
said that the Dragonflies were






AN ODD THING TO SAY. 18
lovely, and that Miss Gnat
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she was very beautiful. In-







20 A BAD HABIT.

deed, it was said that he fell
in love with Miss Gnat, for
he danced with nobody else
duiringthe -ole afternoon.

And there cam he M6th, with her plumage of
down,
And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and
Who with him the Wasp, his companion, did
bring-
They promised that evening to lay by their
sting.

The Moth was sound asleep
when the Gadfly blew his
trumpet. She had sat up too
late the night before, and,
owing to having indulged this
bad habit, had overslept her-








LOST TIME. 21

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However, she tried by her
activity to make up for lost







22 HASTY DRESSING.
time; she saw the other in-
sects hurrying past her house















in crowds, so she threw on
her clothes as fast as possible.
"The Moth was prettily dressed






NEEDLESS ALARM. 2.
in a soft garment of down,
and as she was a modest
creature, every one loved her.
On leaving home, she observed
the Wasp and the Hornet
passing. They were dressed
in rich suits of brown and
yellow. At sight of them
she was a little frightened, and
endeavoured to run back to
her house until they should
pass by; but they caught sight
of her, and immediately gave
chase, screaming out loudly,
"Oh! dear Mrs. Moth, pray
don't be alarmed. We have
laid by our stings for to-day,







24 WILD CREATURES.
and won't hurt you." They
soon caught her, although she
ran as fast as she could. So
the Wasp and the Hornet each
offered her an arm, and obliged
her to walk between them,
while they danced along,
shouting, and singing, and
winking waggishly to the
friends they passed on the
road. The poor Moth blushed
very much at being seen by
all her friends in the company
of two such wild creatures. A
Caterpillar and a Long-legged
Beetle, besides one or two
other insects that chanced to







MAKING FRIENDS. 25

be near, laughed very heartily
on seeing what had happened.
But the Moth soon recovered
her spirits; and when they
arrived at the oak-tree, she
was walking along with a
sprightly step, first talking to
the Hornet and then chatting
to the Wasp, as if they were
her dearest friends.
Then the sly little Dormouse peeped out of his
hole,
And led to the feast his blind cousin the Mole;
And the Snail, with her horns peeping out from
her shell,
Came fatigued with the distance, the length of
an ell.
"Come along, you lazy fe0i
low," cried the little Dor-







26 THE COUSINS.

mouse, knocking with his
ivory-headed cane at the door
of a mole-hill.








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"Ay, ay, cousin," shouted
the Mole, "I'll be there in
a minute."







A HANDSOME FELLOW, 27
So the Dormouse stood im-
patiently tapping his boots till
the Mole should bi ready.
The Dormouse was dressed in
the height of fashion, and
thought himself a rather hand-
some fellow. Some people
said that he was conceited,
and indeed a Spider that was
near at hand plainly told him
so; but, whether this was true
or not, there is no doubt that
he was a very kind little fellow,
because he came to lead his
poor blind cousin to the feast.
"What a time you have
been, old boy," he said, as







28 THE CAUSE OF DELAY.
the Mole appeared, dusting
the earth off his coat and
white hat.
The Mole answered that he
had been very busy all morn-
ing making a new tunnel be-
tween his bed-room and draw-
ing-room. He then took his
friend's arm, and away they
went over the green meadows,
where the cowslips and butter-
cups grew, making the grass
look as if it were dotted
all over with gold. Some-
times the two friends stopped
by the way to rest under a
buttercup, and sip a little






A CRUEL JOKE. 29
morning dew; but seeing every
one hastening past them, while
they wasted their time, the
Dormouse jumped up again,
and cast a sly look at his blind
friend as he asked him what he
thought of the fine view.
Don't make jokes about
my being blind," said the Mole,
pretending to be angry.
Just at that moment they
both ran into a Spider's web.
Oh! how stupid of me,"
cried the Dormouse; I wasn't
looking before me at the time."
"You might as well be with-
out eyes, if you don't use them,"






30 WAITING FOR THE SNAIL.
said the Mole, as they cleared
away the threads of the net,
and, making a low bow to the
Spider, went on their way.
Now, all this time the Snail
had been slowly creeping over
the stones and winding round
the blades of grass and flowers
that strewed her path to the
place of meeting. But she was
so long of getting there that
the guests began to be impati-
ent, and said that perhaps she
was not coming at all. She
lived under the next tree, and
had only about four feet to
walk, but she was so very slow





VERY SLOW. 31
that she took a long, long time




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per whispered to the Butterfly






32 SPITEFUL REMARKS.
that she should go and meet
her. Away went the Butterfly
on her gawdy wings, and, a-
lighting by the Snail's side,
began to urge her to make
haste. During the Butterfly's
absence, the Wasp, who was
always making spiteful re-
marks, said that it was shame-
ful in the Snail to keep them
waiting; but the Humble-bee,
who was walking up and
down conversing with a Midge,
turned round and said, Re-
member, you Wasp, that you
have not brought your sting
with you to-day, so pray do







FOR AND AGAINST. 33
not give way to your spiteful
nature. The poor Snail has
to carry her house on her back,
so we should not be angry at
her slowness." Some of the
other insects said that this was
no excuse for the Snail, be-
cause she knew that she walked
very slowly, and should there-
fore have set out sooner.
Come, come," cried a young
Frog, jumping forward, no
fighting to-day, ladies and
gentlemen. We have come
here to be happy; and here
comes the Snail at last."
As he spoke, the Butterfly
(417) 3







34 ARRIVED AT LAST.
flew towards them, and the
Snail crawled in, took off her













and sat down; while the waiters
bustled about, placed stools for
the guests, and brought in the
repast.







A STRANGE PARTY. 35

"A Mushroom the table, and on it was spread
"A Water-dock leaf, which their table-cloth made;
The viands were various, to each of their taste,
And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the
feast.
It was, perhaps, the strangest
dinner-party that ever was seen.
There were such a multitude
of odd creatures, of all shapes
and sizes and colours; some of
whom were by nature bitter
enemies, and would have fought
and killed each other had they
met in the woods while taking
a walk, but were quite civil
and polite to one another, now
that they met. as guests in
Mrs. Butterfly's bower. Indeed,






36 GENERAL FRIENDSHIP.
many of them wished that they














could be such good friends at
all times as they were then.
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could be such good friends at
all times as they were then.







THE TABLE. 37
All the party had now ar-
rived, and there was a great
deal of talking, and buzzing,
and humming, and jesting, as
they sat round the table and
feasted on the good things
placed before them. The table
was a mushroom, covered with
a table-cloth of water-dock leaf,
and on it were placed all the
delicious dishes of the woods.
The Dormouse brought a good
deal of wheat, oats, and barley.
The Squirrel brought a bag-
ful of nuts. The Humble-bee
brought a quantity of fine
honey in the comb, which was







38 A GRAND FEAST.
declared to be most excellent.
In short, every one brought
something or other; so that,





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when all was spread out beside
the good things supplied by
Mrs. Butterfly and Mr. Grass-
hopper, it seemed the grandest






MRS. BUTTERFLY'S ANXIETY. 39
feast that ever was heard of.
Such fun there was, to be sure!
And such a multitude of voices
talking all at once.
My dear," cried the Butter-
fly across the table to the
Grasshopper, "I hope you are
attending to your friends there.
See that you give them enough
to eat, and plenty of mountain-
dew to drink."
Yes, yes, my love," replied
the Grasshopper as well as he
could for laughing at the jokes
of a bloated old Spider that
sat beside him. Then the
Grasshopper called to the But-







40 HELPING HIMSELF.

terfly to send him a slice of
wheat; but, as the noise pre-






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A NOISY PARTY. 41
bound, helped himself, and
bounded back again. Two or
three young Crickets and five
or six Midges sat at a little
side mushroom. They made
more noise than all the grown-
up people put together; and
the lady Butterfly looked round
at them with a smile once or
twice, quite delighted to see
them so happy, and to hear
their merry voices ringing
through the woods.

With steps more majestic the Snail did advance,
And he promised the gazers a minuet dance;
But they all laughed so loudly, he pulled in his
head,
And went, in his own little chamber, to bed.






42 A STRANGE BALL.
After dinner the ball began,
and it was the strangest ball
that ever was seen. The trum-
peter Gadfly and a number of
his relations, besides several
Grasshoppers and Bees, were
the chief musicians. They
wanted a bass very much at
first, but the Bull-frog offered
his services, although he con-
fessed that he was accustomed
to sing alone. Then the gentle-
men drew on their gloves, flat-
tened their wings, pulled up
their collars, and coiled away
their tails; while the ladies
tightened their garters, ruffled







MAKING READY. 43
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feelers. Oh! how they did
dance! reels were nothing to







44 THE BASS SINGER.
it. The greatest difficulty was
to keep the Grasshoppers in
order. They became so excited
that they sprang quite out of
sight every moment, and so
lost their partners, and ran
against everybody in searching
for them. Then the Bull-frog,
who sang bass, got a little too
much of the dew, and sang so
loudly, that he quite drowned
all the other players. So Mrs.
Butterfly put her claws in her
ears, and running up to him,
said, Oh! dear Mr. Bull-frog,
pray do not sing quite so
loudly." The poor Bull-frog






KEEPING ORDER. 45
was almost weeping with joy
at the merry scene before him,
but he blushed very green on
hearing this, and said he had
forgotten what he was doing,
but would try to be more care-
ful. However, in five minutes
more he was worse than ever,
so they sent a few hundred
bees to sing treble beside him,
and try to keep him in order.
In the middle of all this there
was a sudden stop, and a Snail,
stepping forward, offered to
dance a minuet. This was re-
ceived with such a roar of
laughter that the poor snail,






46 A DANCE IN THE AIR.
half frightened, half angry,
drew in his horns and went to
bed on the spot, and the dance
was begun anew. By this time
the Gnats and Midges, and some
of the other flies, had left the
ground and retired to enjoy a
cool dance in the air. Two or
three Spiders mounted up into
the oak, and fastened threads
to some of the branches, by
which they dropped suddenly
down among the dancers, and,
seizing their partners round the
waist, carried them screaming
in among the leaves. So the
fun and the noise became







FUN AND NOISE. 47
louder and louder. On the
ground, under the bushes,
among the branches of the
trees, and in the air, the
dancers bounded, skipped,
laughed, sang, shouted, and
flew in a way that had never
been seen or heard of before.
The merry old Bull-frog be-
came quite absurd. He sang
and roared like a lion; took
up all the young insects in his
arms and hugged them; tum-
bled over the other musicians,
and, in short, did so many wild
things that they were at length
obliged to tie him to a pad-







48 AFTER SUNSET.
dock-stool, where they left him
to enjoy himself.

Then, as evening gave way to the shadows of
night,
Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with
his light;
So home let us hasten, while yet we can see,
For no watchman is waiting for you or for me.

The sun went down at last,
but still the dancers continued
their sport under the old oak-
tree, when suddenly a clear,
beautiful light streamed across
the turf. It was the Glow-
worm's light.
How charming!" exclaimed
the Butterfly. "It is such a
sweet, subdued light."







A MISHAP. 49

Rather too much subdued,"
growled the blundering Black






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Beetle, as he tripped over a
twig and pulled his partner, a
Humble-bee, down with him;
(417) 4






50 LIGHT WANTED.
" couldn't you shine a little
brighter-eh ? "
The Glow-worm shook his
head. "Couldn't give you a-
nother ray to save my life," he
said; "but if you send for a
few of my friends, they will be
happy to come and help me,
no doubt."
"A good suggestion," said
the Black Beetle, assisting his
partner to rise.
Oh, my poor frock," cried
the Humble-bee, gazing sadly
at a long rent in the skirt.
"Never mind, let's have at
it again," cried the Beetle, seiz-






A LIVELY CRICKET. 51
ing her round the waist, and
blundering on again in a furious
gallop of his own invention.
"Whom shall I send for the
Glow-worm's relations ?" mut-
tered the Butterfly to herself.
"Send the Snail," said a
lively young Cricket, who had
devoted himself to doing mis-
chief during the whole evening.
Peace, little goose," re-
plied the Butterfly, tapping the
Cricket on the nose with her
fan, and hastening towards the
Grasshopper, who was still en-
thralled and convulsed by the
bloated old Spider.







52 THE FLY FOOTMAN.

Whom should we send, my
dear!" said the Grasshopper,




A












in reply to the Butterfly's ques-
tion; "the Fly footman, to be







LOOK OUT! 53
sure; and pray tell him to be
smart about it, for I've been
run down half-a-dozen times
already by the dancers since
the sun set. One lamp is too
little for our ball-room. That
blind Mole has run-ha! there
he comes again. Look out!"
As he spoke, the Mole came
bearing down towards them in
a furious Portuguese waltz, with
a horrified Dragonfly struggling
in his arms.
The Grasshopper made a
bound to get out of the way,
but at that moment the lively
young Cricket laid hold of his







54 A COLLISION.
leg and held him fast. The
consequence was that the Mole
tumbled over him, fell on the
top of the bloated Spider, and
hit his head so violently on the
breast of the Bull-frog that he
stopped his noise immediately.
This sudden stoppage of the
bass brought the other musicians
to a stand, and as a matter of
course stopped the dancing
abruptly-with the exception
of a deaf Squirrel, who had
failed to find a partner, and
who went on revolving slowly
by himself as if nothing had
happened.






THE CRICKET PUNISHED. 55
"Dear me," exclaimed every-
body (except the Squirrel),
"what has happened ?
Oh, nothing worth mention-
ing," said the Grasshopper, get-
ting up with a limp. "You
young rascal, what-why-
there, take that."
"Oh sobbed the young
Cricket, pointing with a look
of surprise at the Spider; what
a sight! "
He might well say so, for the
bloated old Spider had been
flattened out by the weight of
the Mole to nearly twice her
size, and was apparently quite







56 A SORRY SIGHT.
dead. In great concern, the
host and hostess ran to raise
her.
"Are you hurt, dear ?" asked
the Butterfly, anxiously.
Hurt!" exclaimed the Grass-
hopper, pushing her aside;
"don't you see she's burst! "
Oh me I'm so sorry," ex-
claimed the Mole, wringing his
fore-paws.
At that moment there was a
shout of eager expectation, for
the Spider was seen to move.
The Butterfly knelt at her side,
and bending down, said ten-
derly,-






ONLY FLATTENED. 57
"Tell me, dear, has he burst
you ?"
N-no, n-not-qu-ite,"
answered the Spider faintly;
"I'm only f-flattened. Let
some of you sq-squeeze m-
my sides."
Immediately a dozen of the
young Crickets surrounded the
old lady, and pressed her sides
with all their might. This had
the effect of raising her back a
little, and enabling her to draw
a good long breath, which
speedily raised her up to her
original size.
There, I'm all right now,"






58 ALL RIGHT.
she said in a cheerful voice;
"I'm used to accidents of that
sort, and they never leave any
bad effects beyond a little stiff-
ness of the lungs. Come, Grass-
hopper, I'll finish that story.
Get on with your dancing, good
people."
Nobody inquires after me,"
croaked the Bull-frog, rubbing
his chest. "I had no idea a
Mole's head was so hard."
Have some mountain-dew,"
said the Butterfly, gracefully
handing him a blue-bell filled
with the precious liquid. "It
has been gathered on the Scot-







STRONG LIQUOR. 59
tish hills by a native Bee, who
has just arrived laden with
heather-honey."
The Bull-frog accepted the
goblet, and drained it to the
bottom.
It is strong," he said, cough-
ing and smacking his lips.
"Oo ay," observed the Scotch
Bee; "it's got the credit o'
bein' a wee thing nippy."
Under the influence of the
dew the Bull-frog began to sing
bass lustily. The other musi-
cians chimed in. The dancers
seized each other by waist and
hand-or by tail and wing those







60 AN INTERRUPTION.
that happened to have no waists
or hands-and the ball was
about to go on, when the Grass-
hopper shouted-
"Stop!"
"Your money or your life! "
added the lively young Cricket.
Silence, pertmonkey!-Let
us wait a few moments, my
friends,forherecome our lamps."
As she spoke, a soft light was
seen in the far distance gleam-
ing upon the stems of the trees
and steadily advancing.
Your relations, Mr. Glow-
worm, I presume," said the But-
terfly in a sweet silvery vice.







MORE LIGHT. 61
" It is so very kind of you to
send for them, and so obliging
in them to come. Really I can-
not find words to express my
gratitude."
The countenance of the Glow-
worm lighted up with pleasure
at these words.
As the new-comers drew near,
they appeared like a great
galaxy of minute stars-as if a
mass of the Milky-way had been
cut off and hurled down to earth.
There were several hundreds of
them. As they approached, the
whole forest lighted up; and
when at last they descended







62 RENEWED ENJOYMENT.
upon the scene of the ball, and
ranged themselves in a circle
round the gay party, it seemed
as if the sun himself had risen
again to give them light-only
the radiance was softer and
more mysteriously tender than
that of the sun !
Strong light has always an
enlivening effect on creatures,
whether human or otherwise.
It cheered up the guests of Mrs.
Butterfly so much that they
gave vent to an irresistible
cheer; called for the music;
and went on to dancing with
more zest and energy than ever,






AN EXPERIMENT. 63
insomuch that the attendant
Glow-worms smiled to each
other and nodded their heads.
Now it happened that every
time the Glow-worms smiled
their light increased. The
lively young Cricket observed
this, and began to wonder
whether their light would in-
crease still more if they were
to laugh.
"I'll try to find out," said
he, going up to a small Glow-
worm-apparently a young one
-and requesting her to step
aside with him for a moment.
The little Glow-worm im-







64 "CAN'T YOU LAUGH ? "
mediately became grave -in
other words, dim-and went
with him a little way into the
woods.
Now," said the lively young
Cricket, stopping, "can you
laugh ?"
"What?" said the little Glow-
worm smiling, and, of course,
lighting up.
"Yes, that's it, smile away;
but do it harder. I want you
to laugh outright. Can't you
laugh ? "
"Oh yes, when there is any-
thing to laugh at."
"Well, do it now."







AFTER MISCHIEF. 65
"But I can't, please."
"No ; then I'll make you."
So saying, the young Cricket
seized the little Glow-worm
round the waist and tickled
her.
Of course she laughed at
first, and, to the Cricket's de-
light, her face became wonder-
fully bright for a moment; but
suddenly it became dim, for he
hurt her, and she began to cry.
You rascal! exclaimed an
angry voice, as the Grasshopper
gave the Cricket a kick that
sent him head over heels into
the grass; I felt sure you were
(417) 5







66 AN APOLOGY.
after mischief, and I was right."
-" Oh, please, don't kick him,"
pleaded the little Glow-worm.
"He didn't mean to hurt me."
-" No matter. Get up, sir, and
beg her pardon."
The young Cricket got up at
once and did what he was bid,
for he really did not mean mis-
chief, and was sorry he had hurt
her; and little Miss Glow-worm
rewarded him with a smile so
radiant that it illuminated the
spot where they stood quite bril-
liantly, and sparkled through
her tears with rainbow hues.
NowIwould laugh to please






THE BEE AND THE CRICKET. 67
you if I could," said Miss Glow-
worm, again smiling.
"-Oh, never mind, my dear.
I'll make you and all your kin-
dred laugh before the ball is
over," said the lively young
Cricket, hurrying away, and
going straight up to the Scotch
Bee, who was clad in a tartan
plaid and kilt.
Bee," said the Cricket,
"can you dance the Highland
Fling ?"
"Ay, she can do that."
"I could show you a better
fling than the Highland one,"
said the Cricket.






68 THE HIGHLAND FLING.
Ho! could ye ? ye must be
vera cliver. Wull ye let her
see't ?"
"Yes, if you'll dance the
Highland fling first ? Will you
do it if Mrs. Butterfly asks
you ? "
The Scotch Bee good-na-
turedly agreed. Of course, the
Cricket had no difficulty in
persuading the hostess to ask
him. The musicians could not
play a reel; but this mattered
not, for the Bee could hum to
himself. Great was the delight
and surprise of the company
when they beheld the Scotch






ANOTHER KIND OF FLING. 69
Bee twirling his legs, snapping
his fingers, and humming the
reel of Tulloch, while the
tartans fluttered round him
like shreds of a shattered rain-
bow.
The dance waxed more and
more furious, and the plaudits
of the company grew louder,
when, suddenly, the lively
young Cricket ran in between
the Bee's legs, tripped him up,
and sent him sprawling on the
grass. A wild shout of laugh-
ter burst from the company-
Glow-worms included-and the
ball-room brightened up for a






70 OFF TO SUPPER.
few moments as if it had been
set on fire!
That's the fling I spoke of,"
cried the Cricket, leaping up
and running away.
The Scotch Bee sprang up,
drew his dirk, and gave chase,
but Mr. Grasshopper caught
him by the arm and dragged
him off.
"Ho! friends-supper-sup-
per! This way. Don't sheathe
your dirk. I have a haggis
ready for you to sheathe it in.
Come along; give your arm to
that bloated old Spider there.
She'll keep you in spirits."






GOOD-NIGHT. 71
The Bee was mollified. He
gave his arm to the Spider;
then all the company went off
to sup in a neighboring glade.
Shall we describe the supper ?
We think not. It was beyond
description delightful. Just as
it was finished the moon rose
from behind a cloud, so the
company knew that it was time
to go home.
Before going away, they all
assembled at the foot of the
oak, and shook claws with
Lady Butterfly and Mr. Grass-
hopper, saying that they were
charmed with the delightful







72 CONCLUSION.
evening they had spent, and
that they hoped to be soon
invited again.
In a few minutes they were
all gone. The sounds of their
laughing voices, as they re-
turned home, died gradually
away, and the shadows of night
spread over the quiet forest
and the happy little creatures
that slumbered there.


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