Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?
When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
It was thus that the Flea and the Grasshopper gave an account of themselves, and thought they were quite good enough to marry a Princess.
The Grasshopper jumped only half as high; but he leaped into the King's face, who said that was ill-mannered.
The Grasshopper sat without on a green bank, and reflected on worldly things; and he said too, "Yes, a fine exterior is everything--a fine exterior is what people care about.
If you turn the grasshopper, mademoiselle, we shall all be blown up.
If, in two minutes, mademoiselle, you have not turned the scorpion, I shall turn the grasshopper.
What one grasshopper does on a small scale, thousands do on a grand scale.
Myriads of grasshoppers, that are going to sweep over this country like a water-spout; and woe to it
Theristicus melanops -- a species said to be found in central Africa) is not uncommon on the most desert parts: in their stomachs I found grasshoppers
, cicadae, small lizards, and even scorpions.
God, who often makes calamities subservient to His will, permitted this very affliction to be the cause of the conversion of many of the natives, who might have otherwise died in their errors; for part of the country being ruined by the grasshoppers that year in which we arrived at Abyssinia, many, who were forced to leave their habitations, and seek the necessaries of life in other places, came to that part of the land where some of our missionaries were preaching, and laid hold on that mercy which God seemed to have appointed for others.
He confessed with the utmost frankness and ingenuity that the priests and religious have given dreadful accounts both of us and of the religion we preached; that the unhappy people were taught by them that the curse of God attended us wheresoever we went; that we were always followed by the grasshoppers, that pest of Abyssinia, which carried famine and destruction over all the country; that he, seeing no grasshoppers following us when we passed by their village, began to doubt of the reality of what the priests had so confidently asserted, and was now convinced that the representation they made of us was calumny and imposture.
So saying he paused and listened, as if in an ecstasy, to a sound which seemed to me no better than a tiny chirping from an innumerable multitude of lilliputian grasshoppers
Why, fleas, crickets, grasshoppers
," answered the buffoon.
All about me giant grasshoppers
, twice as big as any I had ever seen, were doing acrobatic feats among the dried vines.