You ought to be very proud, ma'am," said Uncle Henry, who was astonished to hear a hen talk so sensibly.
They followed the Yellow Hen into the house, which Aunt Em declared was neat as a pin.
About fifty fluffy yellow youngsters were at school, being taught good manners and good grammar by a young hen who wore spectacles.
Dorothy sat right down in the road, the yellow hen in her arms, and began to stroke Billina's back.
Just then Toto, who had been growling to himself in a cross way, gave a sharp bark and flew at the yellow hen, who ruffled her feathers and let out such an angry screech that Dorothy was startled.
Why, as for that," answered the yellow hen thoughtfully, "I've clucked and cackled all my life, and never spoken a word before this morning, that I can remember.
I'm glad to know that," continued the yellow hen, in a confidential tone; "because, if one is going to talk, it's best to talk correctly.
I have been positively told that four or five hen
birds have been watched to go in the middle of the day, one after the other, to the same nest.
To see the Kjoge hens
," is an expression similar to "showing a child London," which is said to be done by taking his head in both bands, and so lifting him off the ground.
Nevertheless, like a brainless and unreasoning Briton, he persisted in maintaining on the premises a large stock of cocks, hens
, and other poultry.
The secret is," said Phoebe, smiling, "that I have learned how to talk with hens and chickens.
Ah, but these hens," answered the young man,--"these hens of aristocratic lineage would scorn to understand the vulgar language of a barn-yard fowl.
The birds that the two girls had brought in were duly returned to the yard, and the process was repeated till all the pet cocks and hens had been submitted to the old woman--Hamburghs, Bantams, Cochins, Brahmas, Dorkings, and such other sorts as were in fashion just then--her perception of each visitor being seldom at fault as she received the bird upon her knees.
As if attending to these curst cocks and hens here were not enough work for any girl.
Mother Atkinson, as all called their hostess, was the merriest there, and the busiest; for she kept flying up to wait on the children, to bring out some new dish, or to banish the live stock, who were of such a social turn that the colt came into the entry and demanded sugar; the cats sat about in people's laps, winking suggestively at the food; and speckled hens
cleared the kitchen floor of crumbs, as they joined in the chat with a cheerful clucking.