In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children
of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
When he arrived he saw the children
playing in the garden.
Dolittle seems to extend his hand from the page and grasp that of his reader, and I can see him going down the centuries a kind of Pied Piper with thousands of children
at his heels.
The two children
therefore got up, dressed themselves quickly, and went away.
Take my advice: kill thy children
, as I kill mine, lest they live to worry thee.
So the children
left the house together; and the little sister, who was very wise for her years, said to the brother:
Forth sallied the two children
, with a hop-skip-and-jump, that carried them at once into the very heart of a huge snow-drift, whence Violet emerged like a snow-bunting, while little Peony floundered out with his round face in full bloom.
Not a man was ever seen to come upstairs, except to visit the lying-in ladies within their month, nor then without the old lady with them, who made it a piece of honour of her management that no man should touch a woman, no, not his own wife, within the month; nor would she permit any man to lie in the house upon any pretence whatever, no, not though she was sure it was with his own wife; and her general saying for it was, that she cared not how many children
were born in her house, but she would have none got there if she could help it.
The laughing group of children
was already far away.
How he could hate me and tell scandalous stories about me, living among children
as he did, is what I cannot understand.
Let parents choose betimes, the vocations and courses they mean their children
should take; for then they are most flexible; and let them not too much apply themselves to the disposition of their children
, as thinking they will take best to that, which they have most mind to.
And the thought struck her how untruly it was said that the curse laid on woman was that in sorrow she should bring forth children