A Little Boy and a Little Girl

Inalargetown,wheretherearesomanyhouses,andsomanypeople,thatthereisnoroofleftforeverybodytohavealittlegarden;andwhere,onthisaccount,mostpersonsareobligedtocontentthemselveswithflowersinpots;therelivedtwolittlechildren,whohadagardensomewhatlargerthanaflower-pot.Theywerenotbrotherandsister;buttheycaredforeachotherasmuchasiftheywere.Theirparentslivedexactlyopposite.Theyinhabitedtwogarrets;andwheretheroofoftheonehousejoinedthatoftheother,andthegutterranalongtheextremeendofit,therewastoeachhouseasmallwindow:oneneededonlytostepovertheguttertogetfromonewindowtotheother.

Thechildren’sparentshadlargewoodenboxesthere,inwhichvegetablesforthekitchenwereplanted,andlittlerosetreesbesides:therewasaroseineachbox,andtheygrewsplendidly.Theynowthoughtofplacingtheboxesacrossthegutter,sothattheynearlyreachedfromonewindowtotheother,andlookedjustliketwowallsofflowers.Thetendrilsofthepeashungdownovertheboxes;andtherose-treesshotuplongbranches,twinedroundthewindows,andthenbenttowardseachother:itwasalmostlikeatriumphantarchoffoliageandflowers.Theboxeswereveryhigh,andthechildrenknewthattheymustnotcreepoverthem;sotheyoftenobtainedpermissiontogetoutofthewindowstoeachother,andtositontheirlittlestoolsamongtheroses,wheretheycouldplaydelightfully.Inwintertherewasanendofthispleasure.Thewindowswereoftenfrozenover;butthentheyheatedcopperfarthingsonthestove,andlaidthehotfarthingonthewindowpane,andthentheyhadacapitalpeep-hole,quitenicelyrounded;andoutofeachpeepedagentlefriendlyeyeitwasthelittleboyandthelittlegirlwhowerelookingout.

Page 3 of 43