In the street infants
played or fought with other infants
or sat stupidly in the way of vehicles.
Unable to give any account of himself he was arrested as a vagrant and sentenced to imprisonment in the Infants
' Sheltering Home--where he was washed.
So the baby was carried in a small deal box, under an ancient woman's shawl, to the churchyard that night, and buried by lantern-light, at the cost of a shilling and a pint of beer to the sexton, in that shabby corner of God's allotment where He lets the nettles grow, and where all unbaptized infants
, notorious drunkards, suicides, and others of the conjecturally damned are laid.
For then, an inclined plane of unfortunate infants
would be handed over to the prosiest and worst of all the teachers with good intentions, whom nobody older would endure.
Nature's ideal butterfly was here realized in all its perfection; not in the pattern of such faded insects as flit among earthly flowers, but of those which hover across the meads of paradise for child-angels and the spirits of departed infants
to disport themselves with.
If you remember that Infant
who told a tale to Eustace Cleever the novelist, you will remember that he became a baronet with a vast estate.
Here, having spent some minutes on his knees--a custom which he never broke through on any account--he was preparing to step into bed, when, upon opening the cloathes, to his great surprize he beheld an infant
, wrapt up in some coarse linen, in a sweet and profound sleep, between his sheets.
'this is the infant
phenomenon--Miss Ninetta Crummles.'
So when in time a son was born the infant
's feet were riveted together and he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron.
When the young woman -- the mother of this child -- stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant
closely to her bosom; not so much by an impulse of motherly affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress.
Prince Andrew ran to the door; the scream ceased and he heard the wail of an infant
"Of course it's just the same THING; but a baby has got to be called babe or infant
in a circular, the same as it is in poetry!