"Or the burdocks have grown up over it, so that they cannot come out.
"He has a whole forest of burdocks, she has only a bush!"
Father Snail could not speak, he was too much affected; and so they gave them as a dowry and inheritance, the whole forest of burdocks, and said--what they had always said--that it was the best in the world; and if they lived honestly and decently, and increased and multiplied, they and their children would once in the course of time come to the manor-house, be boiled black, and laid on silver dishes.
The burdock never grows alone, but where there grows one there always grow several: it is a great delight, and all this delightfulness is snails' food.
We are provided with a house from our birth, and the burdock forest is planted for our sakes!
Do you not think that there are some of our species at a great distance in the interior of the burdock forest?"
In Allan Water, near by where it falls into the Forth, we found a little sandy islet, overgrown with burdock
, butterbur and the like low plants, that would just cover us if we lay flat.
Little details gave each field a particular physiognomy, dear to the eyes that have looked on them from childhood: the pool in the corner where the grasses were dank and trees leaned whisperingly; the great oak shadowing a bare place in mid-pasture; the high bank where the ash-trees grew; the sudden slope of the old marl-pit making a red background for the burdock
; the huddled roofs and ricks of the homestead without a traceable way of approach; the gray gate and fences against the depths of the bordering wood; and the stray hovel, its old, old thatch full of mossy hills and valleys with wondrous modulations of light and shadow such as we travel far to see in later life, and see larger, but not more beautiful.