That was when Mary decided to relieve her mind of a troubling thought.
I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.
At some point, that stopped bugging her and became an attraction.
Alex had provided the money to remodel the home, but insisted that it stay in her name only.
Instinct suggested that she wanted to be protected.
"It is true we need a Sorcerer," acknowledged the Princess, "but I am informed that one of our own will be ready to pick in a few days, to take the place of Gwig, whom you cut in two before it was time for him to be planted.
But not a sound had broken the stillness since the strangers had arrived, except that of their own voices.
It was not so high as the glowing star of the six colored suns, but was descending slowly through the air--so slowly that at first it scarcely seemed to move.
So we must plant him at once, that other Sorcerers may grow upon his bush, continued the Prince.
"What do you mean by that?" asked the little Wizard, greatly puzzled.
"And sometimes we do," answered the Prince; "but that is considered a great misfortune, for then we must be planted at once."
I'm quite sure she's ripe, and as soon as she comes to life she will be the Ruler, and may treat us better than that heartless Prince intends to.
I wonder why it is that we can walk so easily in the air.
"If that is so," said the boy, "how could he do that wonderful trick with the nine tiny piglets?"
I have been talking with my advisors about you meat people, and we have decided that you do not belong in the Land of the Mangaboos and must not remain here.
By journeying through the glass mountain they had reached a delightful valley that was shaped like the hollow of a great cup, with another rugged mountain showing on the other side of it, and soft and pretty green hills at the ends.
Here and there were groups of houses that seemed made of clear glass, because they sparkled so brightly.
"Look out!" cried Dorothy, who noticed that the beautiful man did not look where he was going; "be careful, or you'll fall off!"
The doorway of the glass palace was quite big enough for the horse and buggy to enter, so Zeb drove straight through it and the children found themselves in a lofty hall that was very beautiful.
We only know that yesterday came a Rain of Stones upon us, which did much damage and injured some of our people.
"By the way," said the man with the star, looking steadily at the Sorcerer, "you told us yesterday that there would not be a second Rain of Stones.
The little man gave a bow to the silent throng that had watched him, and then the Prince said, in his cold, calm voice:
I perceive that you are curiously constructed, and that if you cannot breathe you cannot keep alive.
After that other people brought water from a brook and sprinkled the earth.
But I've noticed that many queer things happen in fairy countries.
"I have an idea," said the Wizard, "that there are fishes in these brooks.
There is no reason, that I can see, why they may not exist in the waters of this strange country.
That is, if Jim has had enough of the pink grass.
I wish you would go and fetch my satchel, two lanterns, and a can of kerosene oil that is under the seat.
I am greater than any thorn-covered sorcerer that every grew in your garden.
Some of the Mangaboos fell down and had to be dragged from the fire, and all were so withered that it would be necessary to plant them at once.
Pierre went up to the circle that had formed round the speaker and listened.
He too approached that group and listened with a kindly smile and nods of approval, as he always did, to what the speaker was saying.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
Pierre pushed his way into the middle of the group, listened, and convinced himself that the man was indeed a liberal, but of views quite different from his own.
All that did was to enwich the pwiests' sons and thieves and wobbahs....
The nobility don't gwudge theah lives--evewy one of us will go and bwing in more wecwuits, and the sov'weign" (that was the way he referred to the Emperor) "need only say the word and we'll all die fo' him!" added the orator with animation.
I imagine," he went on, warming to his subject, "that the Emperor himself would not be satisfied to find in us merely owners of serfs whom we are willing to devote to his service, and chair a canon * we are ready to make of ourselves--and not to obtain from us any co-co-counsel."
"I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."
In the first place, I tell you we have no right to question the Emperor about that, and secondly, if the Russian nobility had that right, the Emperor could not answer such a question.
He felt that his words, apart from what meaning they conveyed, were less audible than the sound of his opponent's voice.
Pierre wished to say that he was ready to sacrifice his money, his serfs, or himself, only one ought to know the state of affairs in order to be able to improve it, but he was unable to speak.