Judging you merely by appearances, I think you'd better talk to the Foolish Owl yonder.
But I admire the owl for the reason that she is positively foolish.
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.
The little owl
(Athene cunicularia), which has been so often mentioned, on the plains of Buenos Ayres exclusively inhabits the holes of the bizcacha; but in Banda Oriental it is its own workman.
When other birds are still, the screech owls
take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu.
And then the evenings, when the workmen had all gone and the house was left to emptiness and echoes, and the old housekeeper had gathered up her rheumatic limbs into her bed, and my little room in quite another part of the house had been set ready, how reluctantly I used to leave the friendly frogs and owls, and with my heart somewhere down in my shoes lock the door to the garden behind me, and pass through the long series of echoing south rooms full of shadows and ladders and ghostly pails of painters' mess, and humming a tune to make myself believe I liked it, go rather slowly across the brick-floored hall, up the creaking stairs, down the long whitewashed passage, and with a final rush of panic whisk into my room and double lock and bolt the door!
How cruel it was of me to put those poor little owls into a cage even for one night
I am sorry," said the Owl, "to have to contradict the Crow, my famous friend and colleague.
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.
The Owls inhabited a decayed and deserted summer-house.
For years the Owls lived undisturbed on the property which they had acquired by the oldest of all existing rights--the right of taking.
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.