Well, I have heard it all, weighed it all," said Nicolete, presently; "and to me it is but as thistledown
against the love within my heart.
Nor did this make her vain and heedless of others; she humb]y dwelt among them, seeking to do all the good she might; and many a houseless bird and hungry insect that Thistledown had harmed did she feed and shelter, and in return no evil could befall her, for so many friends were all about her, seeking to repay her tenderness and love by their watchful care.
She would not now have left Fairy-Land, but to help and counsel her wild companion, Thistledown, who, discontented with his quiet home, WOULD seek his fortune in the great world, and she feared he would suffer from his own faults for others would not always be as gentle and forgiving as his kindred.
See," cried Thistledown, "what a lovely home is here; let us rest among the cool leaves, and hear the flowers sing, for I am sadly tired and hungry.
While Lily-Bell lay dreaming among the rose-leaves, Thistledown went wandering through the garden.
You silly flower," said Thistledown, "see how quickly I will make you bloom
And while her tears fell like summer rain, she drooped in grief above the little bud, and sadly watched it fading in the sunlight; but Thistledown, heedless of the sorrow he had given, spread his wings and flew away.
She and Diana Barry had been picking apples in the Green Gables orchard, but were now resting from their labors in a sunny corner, where airy fleets of thistledown
drifted by on the wings of a wind that was still summer-sweet with the incense of ferns in the Haunted Wood.
Once or twice, when a ball of thistledown
broke under the breeze and flew past him, Craven jumped slightly as if it had been an arrow.