'There,' cried the sparrow, 'thou cruel villain, thou hast killed my friend the dog.
'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. And as the carter went on with the other two horses, she again crept under the tilt of the cart, and pecked out the bung of the second cask, so that all the wine ran out.
But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window, and cried 'Carter!
'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death; I will eat her.' But the sparrow began to flutter about, and stretch out her neck and cried, 'Carter!
The sparrows came fluttering about them, and Ralph produced from his pocket the half of a roll saved from his luncheon.
"I've never seen sparrows so tame," Mary observed, by way of saying something.
Mary felt that she could have forgone this display of animal good temper, but seeing that Ralph, for some curious reason, took a pride in the sparrows, she bet him sixpence that he would not succeed.
"Never heard of a white sparrow even," Billy answered.
Things just didn't seem to go right, till at last, one day, he heard about the wonderful white sparrow. It seems that the white sparrow comes out only just at daybreak with the first light of dawn, and that it brings all kinds of good luck to the farmer that is fortunate enough to catch it.
Of course, they wasn't a white sparrow, but by getting up early an' attendin' to things he'd been slack about before--oh, I got it all right.
I was not unprepared for this request, for I had noticed how his pets went on increasing in size and vivacity, but I did not care that his pretty family of tame sparrows
should be wiped out in the same manner as the flies and spiders.
she says it's a pity to kill the pretty singing birds, but the naughty sparrows
, and mice, and rats, I may do what I like with.
Get out with you into the garden among the other sparrows
! Somebody must confront her ladyship.
But for the twittering of the sparrows and the crunching of his own feet upon the frozen snow, the whole windless world of air hung over him entranced, and the stillness weighed upon his mind with a horror of solitude.
As he thus sat, taking breath in the shadow of the wall and hopped about by sparrows, it chanced that his eye roved to the fastening of the door; and what he saw plucked him to his feet.