The next morning the White Duck wandered round the pond in a distracted manner, looking for her little ones
; she called and she searched, but could find no trace of them.
One of the girls was as old as Miss Jessie; two of the boys were older, and there were several little ones
. When they came there was plenty of work for Merrylegs, for nothing pleased them so much as getting on him by turns and riding him all about the orchard and the home paddock, and this they would do by the hour together.
Eva nodded to the gay little ones
, as they peeped from among the leaves at the stranger, and then she listened to the Fairy lessons.
Your kind invitation is accepted by us with pleasure, and on Thursday next we and our little ones
will be with you.
-- for with all these symptoms of profligacy at ten years old, she had neither a bad heart nor a bad temper, was seldom stubborn, scarcely ever quarrelsome, and very kind to the little ones
, with few interruptions of tyranny; she was moreover noisy and wild, hated confinement and cleanliness, and loved nothing so well in the world as rolling down the green slope at the back of the house.
The little ones
all love Dorothy, and as one of my small friends aptly states: "It isn't a real Oz story without her." So here she is again, as sweet and gentle and innocent as ever, I hope, and the heroine of another strange adventure.
"Well, and have you little ones
?" he went on asking.
But her arms had not yet relaxed their instinctive clutch; and the little one
slumbered on as gently as if it had been rocked in a lace-trimmed cradle.
Nevertheless, as you wish it, young ladies, I will make the trial." And leaning over the balustrade of the balcony, he began to shout, "Little one
"Mamma, the big ant was trying to kill the little one
Now they lived a very lonely and happy life; and as they had no children themselves, they had adopted a little common snail, which they brought up as their own; but the little one
would not grow, for he was of a common family; but the old ones, especially Dame Mother Snail, thought they could observe how he increased in size, and she begged father, if he could not see it, that he would at least feel the little snail's shell; and then he felt it, and found the good dame was right.
A goat-herd seeing him stop, mocked him, saying "The little one
is the best runner of the two." The Hound replied, "You do not see the difference between us: I was only running for a dinner, but he for his life."