"I never said I knew him," answered the Rocket. "I dare say that if I knew him I should not be his friend at all.
"Very important for you, I have no doubt," answered the Rocket, "but I shall weep if I choose"; and he actually burst into real tears, which flowed down his stick like rain-drops, and nearly drowned two little beetles, who were just thinking of setting up house together, and were looking for a nice dry spot to live in.
Every one was a great success except the Remarkable Rocket. He was so damp with crying that he could not go off at all.
"I suppose they are reserving me for some grand occasion," said the Rocket; "no doubt that is what it means," and he looked more supercilious than ever.
"This is evidently a deputation," said the Rocket; "I will receive them with becoming dignity" so he put his nose in the air, and began to frown severely as if he were thinking about some very important subject.
"BAD Rocket? BAD Rocket?" he said, as he whirled through the air; "impossible!
"Conversation, indeed!" said the Rocket. "You have talked the whole time yourself.
"You are a very irritating person," said the Rocket, "and very ill- bred.
"Well, that is his loss, not mine," answered the Rocket. "I am not going to stop talking to him merely because he pays no attention.
"How very silly of him not to stay here!" said the Rocket. "I am sure that he has not often got such a chance of improving his mind.
"It is quite evident that you have always lived in the country," answered the Rocket, "otherwise you would know who I am.
"My good creature," cried the Rocket in a very haughty tone of voice, "I see that you belong to the lower orders.
dear no," cried the Rocket. "I am merely a visitor, a distinguished visitor.
"I am made for public life," said the Rocket, "and so are all my relations, even the humblest of them.
come back!" screamed the Rocket, "I have a great deal to say to you"; but the Duck paid no attention to him.