IV. THE BUTTERFLY THAT WENT GALLING
Early one bright morning, a butterfly flew away
to pay a visit to the flowers. First he stopped to see the daisies
by the wayside. They were all dancing in the wind, and their bright
faces looked as cheerful(1) as any one could wish.2
They were all glad to see the butterfly, and they asked him to
spend the day with them.3 In reply he said :4
You are very kind,5 but I really cannot stay with you. Pray 6 excuse
me 7 for saying so, but I wonder that you will grow here.8 The
place is very dusty and dry, and there is no shade. I am sure I
could find9 you a much nicer 10 place."
The daisies heard all that the butterfly had to say. Then they
smiled and nodded" to each other, while one of them said :
This is the kind of place we were made for, that is enough for
The butterfly shook his head as if in doubt 13 and bade 14 the
daisies "good-morning." Then he flew away to call on
the buttercups,15 which grew by the side of the water. These flowers
are a very grand family, who hold their heads as high as they can.16
They seemed much pleased when Mr Butterfly told them how beautiful
the river looked in the sunlight.17
it is a delightful place," said they.
It is very pretty," said Mr Butterfly, "but I do not
think that it can be healthy.18 I really do not understand why
you flowers choose such strange homes.19 Now there are the daisies,
where I have just called. They live in a dusty, dry place, where
there is no shade at all."
But daisies always do choose such places," said the buttercups.
And your family," said Mr Butterfly, " have lived so
long in wet places that it is a wonder 20 you are alive. Your colour
is good,21 but to stand with one's roots 22 in water all the time
Buttercups and butterflies live differently," said the flowers. "Good
Mr Butterfly left the river and flew over to the woods. He was
so an ;ry that his feelers 23 quivered.24 He knew that the violets
za were a very agreeable 28 family, who never put on airs,27 so
he went at once to them.
He just said "Good morning" to them, and then he began
to tell his story.
To think," he said, "what queer ideas 28 some flowers
have ! Now, you have a pleasant home here at the edge 29 of the
woods. I have been telling the daisies and the buttercups that
they should grow in such a place, but they would not listen to
My dear friend," replied the violet, " they could never
live if they moved up into our neighbourhood.30 Every flower has
its own place in the world, and is happiest in that place."
The violet was silent 31 for a moment, but the butterfly did not
speak. So she continued :
" You were very kind to want to help the flowers, but suppose
they had told you what to do, would you have done it 4 Suppose
the buttercups had told you that flying around 32 was not good
for your health, and that to be truly well you ought to grow planted
22 with your legs in mud 33 and water."
Oh! " said the butterfly. " Oh! I never thought of that
! Perhaps butterflies do not know everything."
No," said the violet, "they don't know everything. But
those who are ready 34 to learn, can always find some one to tell
them. Won't you take a little honey ?" And Mr Butterfly sipped
35 the honey and was happy.
1 Or : glad, merry ; s. cheerfulness. 2 Or; any person could desire.
3 Or : to stay with them all day. 4 Or : he answered. 6 Or : I
am much obliged to you ; s. kindness. He showed me great kindness
: he was very kind to me. 6 Cp. II. 26. 7 Do not be angry with
me. 8 Or : I am surprised (it surprises me, it seems strange to
me) that you should like to grow here. a Or: I could certainly
find. 10 Or : more pleasant. U We nod by moving the head up and
down. Sometimes we nod instead of saying : Yes. 12 Or : this is
the sort of place for which we are fitted, and we do not want anything
better, we are quite contented. 13 We often shake our head, instead
of saying : No, or when we are not sure (or, in doubt). There is
no doubt that he will come : I am sure he will come. I doubt his
coming : I do not think he will come. 24 Past of : I bid (pp. bidden).
He bade us " good-bye " : He said " good-bye " to
us. 16 The buttercup is a yellow flower, very common in English
meadows. 16 Or : who carry their heads proudly. 17 The liaht of
the sun ; cp. moonlight. 18 Or: good for y our health. 19 Or :
such odd (queer) olaces to live in. 20 Or : it is surprising. 21
Or : you have a nice colour, I like your colour. 22 The root of
a plant is in the earth. We plant it by putting its root in the
earth. 23 The butterfly has feelers on its head, with which it
can feel what is before it. 24 Or : trembled. 25 A little blue
flower with a very sweet smell. 26 Or : pleasant. 27 Or : never
thought too much of themselves, were modest. 28 Or : thoughts.
29 Not in the middle. 30 Or: if they came near us, became our neighbours.
31 Or: did not speak, stopped speaking. 12 Or: about. 33 Or : earth.
Water becomes muddy when we throw earth into it. Mud : muddy ;
cp. fun : funny. 34 Or : willing. 35 We sip water if we drink it
slowly, a little at a time. Sip : sipped ; cp. drop : dropped ;
hop : hopped ; slip : slipped ; stop : stopped.