Rhineland and its legends, and other tales, tr. from the Germ. [by H.L. Lear].

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Page 120 - it is certainly going to die, and there will be no butterfly from it ; what a pity ! " It was evening, and the next morning Karine found with astonishment that the caterpillar had spun round itself a sort of web, in which it lay, no longer a living green grub, but a stiff brown chrysalis. She took it out of the cocoon ; it was as if enclosed in a shell.
Page 122 - She went crying into the meadows, gathered all the flowers and young leaves she could find, and strewed them on her brother's grave, and sat there weeping for many hours. One day she took the pot with the balsam in it, and also the chrysalis, and said, " I will plant the balsam on the grave, and bury the butterfly's grub with my dear little brother.
Page 119 - Karine immediately thought that they must be the butterfly's children. And so they were, for they had come from its eggs. " Ah ! " thought Karine, " if my little brother and I, who sometimes can eat more than our father and mother can give us, could become butterflies, and find something to eat as easily as these do, would it not be pleasant...
Page 118 - ... thought Karine, and she felt very glad to have given the butterfly its liberty. One day she saw her old friend sit on a leaf, as if tired and worn out. When it flew away the child found a little gray egg lying on the very spot where it had rested. Then she made a mark on the nettle and on the leaf. Karine gathered flowers, and then went into the hay-field to work; still, it often happened that she and her little brother went supperless to bed. But then their father played on the violin, and made...
Page 113 - Little Karine blew on her smarting finger, and the wind followed suit. The sun shone out warm, and the larks began to sing. As Karine was standing there listening to the song of the birds, and warming herself in the sun, she perceived a beautiful butterfly.
Page 122 - ... out, which threw off its shell as a man would his cloak, and sat on Karine's hand, breathing, and at liberty. In a short time wings began to appear from its back. Karine looked on with a beating heart. She saw its wings increase in size, and become colored in the brightness oŁ.
Page 122 - Poor little Karine sobbed, and dried her tears with the hand that was free. In the other lay the chrysalis, and the sun shone upon it. There was a low crackling in the shell, and a violent motion within, and, behold, she saw a living insect crawl out...

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