"What are you doing here?" he cried in a very gruff voice, and the children ran away.
The birds did not care to sing in it as there were no children, and the trees forgot to blossom.
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.
Then the cook sent three servants after them, who were to run and overtake the children. The children, however, were sitting outside the forest, and when they saw from afar the three servants running, Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me, and I will never leave you.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now, nor ever.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree, and I the rose upon it.' When the three servants came to the forest, nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it, but the children were nowhere.
why did you not pull the church to pieces, and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs, and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. The children, however, saw from afar that the three servants were coming, and the cook waddling after them.
'You poor motherless children
! How I pity you; and yet I can do nothing to help you!
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.
I wish all those women who consent to the disposing their children
out of the way, as it is called, for decency sake, would consider that 'tis only a contrived method for murder; that is to say, a-killing their children
"Do I hate them!" exclaimed the recluse, " they are vampires, stealers of children
! They devoured my little daughter, my child, my only child!
"How he could hate me and tell scandalous stories about me, living among children
as he did, is what I cannot understand.
On being asked whether she had any children
, the handsome young woman had answered cheerfully:
When you see that deep, spiritual light in the eye,--when the little soul reveals itself in words sweeter and wiser than the ordinary words of children
,--hope not to retain that child; for the seal of heaven is on it, and the light of immortality looks out from its eyes.