His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed
, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.
"Well, now, I hopes you're done," said Aunt Chloe, who had been busy in pulling out a rude box of a trundle-bed
; "and now, you Mose and you Pete, get into thar; for we's goin' to have the meetin'."
Johnson camped cheerfully in them, sleeping soundly--too soundly sometimes--upon their trundle-beds
, like the sturdy old soldier of fortune that he was, inured to hardship and all careless of himself.
"Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes," Field explains in the final stanza, "and Nod is a little head." And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies, he concludes, "is a wee one's trundle-bed
." Giselle Potter's dreamlike paintings, rich in blues and half-tones, give a fresh new life to a timeless tale.