It started when Peter began to listen to the other farmers boast of the money each was making and the triumphs they were winning over one another.
One of the tin soldiers was a little different; he had one leg because he had been cast last of all, and there had not been enough tin to finish him.
‘I’ll just light a match or two, as I have often seen my mother do.’
No one would let it be known that he could see nothing, for that would have proved that he was unfit for office or that he was very, very stupid.
Father Badger persisted that it was more blessed to give than to keep for one's self and that food belonged to all.
‘Your pearls and jewels, and your golden crown are not for me,’ answered the frog; ‘but if you would love me, and have me for your companion, then would I dive below the water and fetch you your golden ball again.’
Poor Dick ran off as fast as his legs could carry him; he walked about the streets till it grew dark, and finding nothing but dirt instead of gold, he sat down in a corner, and cried himself to sleep.
This is the Rat, that ate the Malt, that lay in the House that Jack built.
Jenny Wren fell sick upon a merry time; in came Robin Red-breast, and brought her cake & wine.
So the little girl had to walk with naked feet, which were red and blue with cold. No one had bought anything of her the live-long day; no one had given her a penny.
Travellers came to the City of the Emperor and admired it, and the Palace and the Garden, but when they heard the song of the Nightingale, they said: ‘That is the best of all!’
Although there were plenty of princesses, there was always something that did not seem quite right about them.
Karen looked first at the red shoes, then at the black ones, then at the red again, and put them on.
And a rumor went abroad in all that country of the beautiful sleeping Rosamond, for so was the Princess called; and from time to time many Kings' sons came and tried to force their way through the hedge.
Silver-Locks peeped in, and soon found the place was empty; so the saucy puss made up her mind to go in boldly.
‘He is not pretty, but he has a good temper and swims as well as the others. Perhaps he will improve in looks as time goes on.’
Every day at dinner, after the table had been cleared, a trusty servant had to bring in one other dish. But it was covered up, and the servant himself did not know what was in it.
It was winter and the house was cold and dark. There was no wood, no light, no food; and they were starving.