FREE BOOKS

Author's List




PREV.   NEXT  
|<   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40  
41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   >>   >|  
with black-velvet rings dotted with orange at even distances along his body. He lay at full length on a fennel-stalk, and seemed to be asleep; but when Charlie touched him with a little stick, instantly there shot out of his head a pair of orange-colored horns, and the air was full of the pungent odor of fennel. "'It smells like prayer-meeting,' said Charlie, and ran off to play; but I wanted further information. "'Mr. Rhodes,' said I, 'how do you know this kind of worm makes butterflies?' "'Because I've seen 'em do it, child. If you should put that fellow now in a box with some holes in the top, so as he could breathe, and give him plenty of fresh fennel to eat, in a week (or less time if he's full grown) he'll wind himself up, and after a spell he'll hatch out a butterfly--a pretty one, too, I tell you,' "'I mean to try it,' I said; and I ran to the house and Aunt Susan gave me an old ribbon-box, and Mr. Rhodes punched a few holes in the cover with his pocket-knife; and after a little hesitation I picked the fennel-stalk with the worm on it, and laid it carefully in the box, making sure that the cover was tight. The box was then taken to the house and deposited on a bench in the porch, for Aunt Susan objected to entertaining this new boarder indoors. "I gave my worm his breakfast the next morning before I had my own, and, forgetting my aversion, sat by the open box and watched him eat, as his strong jaws made clean work with leaf and stem. "'He isn't so ugly, after all, Charlie,' I said; 'he is almost handsome for a worm, with all those bright colors on him,' "Then Charlie caught a little of my enthusiasm, and said _he_ meant to keep a worm too. So he searched the fennel-bush and found three, and tumbled them unceremoniously into the box. "'Now they'll have good times together,' said he; 'that fellow was awful lonesome shut up by himself,' "At Aunt Susan's suggestion I improved my worm-house by removing the top of the box and stretching mosquito-netting across, fastening it securely along the edges lest my prisoners should escape. And it was well I took this precaution; for, though for several days they made no attempt to get away, and seemed to do nothing but eat and sleep, one morning I found my largest and handsomest worm in a very disturbed and restless condition. He was making frantic efforts to escape. Up and down, round and round, over and under his companions, who were still quietly feedin
PREV.   NEXT  
|<   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40  
41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   >>   >|  



Top keywords:

fennel

 

Charlie

 

Rhodes

 

escape

 

fellow

 

making

 

orange

 

morning

 

watched

 
strong

aversion

 

tumbled

 

forgetting

 
unceremoniously
 

handsome

 

caught

 
colors
 

bright

 

searched

 
enthusiasm

improved
 

handsomest

 
largest
 
disturbed
 

restless

 

attempt

 

condition

 

frantic

 

quietly

 

feedin


companions
 

efforts

 

suggestion

 
removing
 

lonesome

 

stretching

 
mosquito
 

prisoners

 
precaution
 

netting


fastening

 

securely

 

wanted

 

information

 
meeting
 

smells

 

prayer

 
butterflies
 

Because

 
pungent