Half-dead with fright, and trembling in every limb, the poor children lay down to sleep on a heap of straw in the corner of the hut; but they dared not close their eyes, and scarcely ventured to breathe.
And the witch returned to see how the children were getting on; and she crept up to the window, and whispered:
Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees.
But when the children saw him they were so frightened that they all ran away, and the garden became winter again.
The children used to pelt her with mud; so she begged to be taken on as assistant cowherd, but the cowherd would not have her.
Only the children had altered--for then they were all on my side and had learned to love Marie.
There was no kitchen maid to be found; of the nine cows, it appeared from the words of the cowherd-woman that some were about to calve, others had just calved, others were old, and others again hard-uddered; there was not butter nor milk enough even for the children.
Peaceful with six children Darya Alexandrovna could not be.
There is poetry here and fantasy and humor, a little pathos but, above all, a number of creations in whose existence everybody must believe whether they be children
of four or old men of ninety or prosperous bankers of forty-five.
But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet, the bear must come to the nest, and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children
, before we will do that.
Of course he is right there," said Countess Mary, "but he forgets that we have other duties nearer to us, duties indicated to us by God Himself, and that though we might expose ourselves to risks we must not risk our children
And forthwith the children
began this great business of making a snow-image that should run about; while their mother, who was sitting at the window and overheard some of their talk, could not help smiling at the gravity with which they set about it.