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Bee and Butterfly A Tale of Two Cousins   By: (1865-1932)

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BEE AND BUTTERFLY

A TALE OF TWO COUSINS

BY LUCY FOSTER MADISON

AUTHOR OF "THE PEGGY OWEN BOOKS," "A MAID OF SALEM TOWNE," "A COLONIAL MAID OF OLD VIRGINIA," etc.

ILLUSTRATED BY ADELIA B. BEARD

CHICAGO M. A. DONOHUE & CO.

COPYRIGHT 1913 BY M. A. DONOHUE & COMPANY

[Illustration: "WILLIAM," SHE CRIED, LAUGHING NERVOUSLY, "YOU HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. THAT IS MY DAUGHTER, ADELE."]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I AN IMPULSE OF MISCHIEF

CHAPTER II THE OMEN OF THE BUTTERFLY

CHAPTER III THE GOOD NEWS

CHAPTER IV A JEST BECOMES EARNEST

CHAPTER V PROTECTIVE MIMICRY

CHAPTER VI A NIGHT OF MISERY

CHAPTER VII THE RESULT OF IMITATION

CHAPTER VIII A RIFT IN THE CLOUDS

CHAPTER IX WITH THE BUTTERFLIES

CHAPTER X A BUTTERFLY AND A BOY

CHAPTER XI AN INFANT PRODIGY

CHAPTER XII THE ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

CHAPTER XIII THE BUTTERFLY DINNER

CHAPTER XIV A LITTLE SERMON

CHAPTER XV THE ARRIVAL OF ADELE

CHAPTER XVI "IT IS SO HARD TO DO THE RIGHT THING"

CHAPTER XVII THE TWO CALLS

CHAPTER XVIII A BREACH OF TRUST

CHAPTER XIX THE CLOSED DOOR

CHAPTER XX BEE IS DISAPPOINTED IN PERCIVAL

CHAPTER XXI HOW THE DAY ENDED

CHAPTER XXII "I SHOULDN'T WANT YOU TO BE ANYTHING BUT PRETTY"

CHAPTER XXIII "THE GREATEST OF THESE IS CHARITY"

CHAPTER XXIV "YOU ARE A NOBLE LITTLE GIRL"

CHAPTER XXV THE DOOR IS OPENED

CHAPTER XXVI A GREAT SURPRISE

CHAPTER XXVII READY FOR THE VOYAGE

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"WILLIAM," SHE CRIED, LAUGHING NERVOUSLY, "YOU HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. THAT IS MY DAUGHTER, ADELE."

"I THINK THAT'S PRETTY GOOD FOR A GIRL."

BEE ENTERTAINS HER FATHER'S FRIENDS.

"OUT THROUGH THE OPEN WINDOW SAILED THE BUTTERFLY."

"I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU ANYTHING BUT PRETTY."

FOREWORD

The wonderful evolution of a caterpillar, or grub, into a beautifully winged creature must inspire admiration in every one. More marvellous still is the growth of the human soul which in many respects resembles the development of the butterfly. It is this thought which has induced the author to attempt to depict the transformation of a careless maiden into noble womanhood.

In this first book, the process has begun. There are heart burnings, and troubles of girlhood. In the second book, the journeyings and adventures with her father, together with her development of character are treated. The third, and final volume, takes up the bursting into glorious womanhood of the girl, glorified by the coming of love.

For the curious facts and superstitions regarding butterflies woven into the story, the author desires to acknowledge her indebtedness to Dr. W. J. Holland's Butterfly Book, which is a compendium of knowledge on the subject. That the story may meet with favor, and inspire young hearts with an appreciation of these beautiful insects is the hope of the author.

L. F. M.

New York City.

Bee and Butterfly

Chapter I

An Impulse of Mischief

"When to mischief mortals bend their will, How soon they find fit instruments of ill."

Pope. Rape of the Lock.

It was four o'clock. The little town of Louisiana, Missouri, had slumbered all afternoon in the spring sunshine, but woke suddenly to life as the doors of the big brick school house opened, and the boys and girls poured forth. As the outgoing stream of pupils reached the gate several High School girls left the line, and withdrawing a short distance from the others, formed a little group by themselves, standing with faces turned expectantly toward the door of the building as though they were waiting for some one.

"I wonder why Bee doesn't come!" exclaimed one of the girls impatiently as the line dwindled to two or three pupils, and then ceased altogether... Continue reading book >>




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