So, for years, the Owls slept their happy sleep by day, and found their comfortable meal when darkness fell.
The constitution of the summer-house had lasted until the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, when the unhallowed footsteps of innovation passed that way; and the venerable privileges of the Owls were assailed, for the first time, from the world outside.
And the Owls said, "Have we honored the summer-house by occupying it all these years--and is the horrid light of noonday to be let in on us at last?
The Owls shrieked as they flapped along the lanes in the darkness, And that night they struck at a mouse--and missed him.
the Owls shut their eyes in pious remembrance of the darkness, and answered, "My lords and gentlemen, the Constitution is destroyed
Judging you merely by appearances, I think you'd better talk to the Foolish Owl yonder.
The owl flapped its wings again, muttering these words:
The owl hasn't given us any advice, as yet," the boy declared.
The Foolish Owl must be foolish or she wouldn't be the Foolish Owl.
How cruel it was of me to put those poor little owls
into a cage even for one night
Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl
or a cat owl
behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
I am sorry to contradict my famous friend and colleague," said the Owl
, "but as far as I'm concerned, I think that when the dead weep, it means they do not want to die.
And now the sun went quite down; the gloomy night came; the owl
flew into a bush; and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre, with staring eyes, and a nose and chin that almost met one another.
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat, While the Owl
had the dish as its share of the treat.
The stone faces on the outer wails stared blindly at the black night for three heavy hours; for three heavy hours, the horses in the stables rattled at their racks, the dogs barked, and the owl
made a noise with very little resemblance in it to the noise conventionally assigned to the owl