Then the heart of the elder sunk, and he hastened towards him, crying, 'Brother, little brother
, come to me;' but he, being half a wolf, only continued his song.
"You won't ask," Natasha's little brother
was saying; "I know you won't ask!"
"When thou hast lived as long as I have, Little Brother
, thou wilt see how all the Jungle obeys at least one Law.
Only, he imagined, for he was at the age when illusions are as yet replaced only by illusions, that the affections of blood and family were the sole ones necessary, and that a little brother
to love sufficed to fill an entire existence.
Bagheera would lie out on a branch and call, "Come along, Little Brother
," and at first Mowgli would cling like the sloth, but afterward he would fling himself through the branches almost as boldly as the gray ape.
Their backs had been made familiar with the bloody lash, so that they had become callous; mine was yet tender; for while at Baltimore I got few whip- pings, and few slaves could boast of a kinder master and mistress than myself; and the thought of pass- ing out of their hands into those of Master Andrew-- a man who, but a few days before, to give me a sample of his bloody disposition, took my little brother
by the throat, threw him on the ground, and with the heel of his boot stamped upon his head till the blood gushed from his nose and ears--was well calculated to make me anxious as to my fate.
Well, one day Aunt Nellie came to me and said, `Cornelia, there is a little brother
for you upstairs in your ma's room.
"I love you, too," answered the Fairy, "and if you wish to stay with me, you may be my little brother
and I'll be your good little sister."
'Do you know how my little brother
is, sir?' I inquired.
"Abraham," she said to her little brother
, "do you put on your hat--you bain't afraid?--and go up to Rolliver's, and see what has gone wi' father and mother."
Back in West Kensington a rich smell of dinner would be floating through the flat; the cook, watching the boiling cabbage, would be singing A Few More Years Shall Roll; her mother would be sighing; and her little brother
Percy would be employed upon some juvenile deviltry, the exact nature of which it was not possible to conjecture, though one could be certain that it would be something involving a deafening noise.
To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers
of mine - who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle - I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.