John The Ethics of the Dust

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The Ethics of the Dust

 
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Excerpt: ...you enough ethics for one talk, I think! Do let us have a little play. Lily, what were you so busy about, at the ant-hill in the wood, this morning? LILY. Oh, it was the ants who were busy, not I; I was only trying to help them a little. L. And they wouldn't be helped, I suppose? LILY. No, indeed. I can't think why ants are always so tiresome, when one tries to help them! They were carrying bits of stick, as fast as they could, through a piece of grass; and pulling and pushing, SO hard; and tumbling over and over,-it made one quite pity them; so I took some of the bits of stick, and carried them forward a little, where I thought they wanted to put them; but instead of being pleased, they left them directly, and ran about looking quite angry and frightened; and at last ever so many of them got up my sleeves, and bit me all over, and I had to come away. L. I couldn't think what you were about. I saw your French grammar lying on the grass behind you, and thought perhaps you had gone to ask the ants to hear you a French verb. ISABEL. Ah! but you didn't, though! L. Why not, Isabel? I knew, well enough, Lily couldn't learn that verb by herself. ISABEL. No; but the ants couldn't help her. L. Are you sure the ants could not have helped you, Lily? LILY (thinking). I ought to have learned something from them, perhaps. L. But none of them left their sticks to help you through the irregular verb? LILY. No, indeed. (Laughing, with some others.) L. What are you laughing at, children? I cannot see why the ants should not have left their tasks to help Lily in hers,-since here is Violet thinking she ought to leave HER tasks, to help God in his. Perhaps, however, she takes Lily's more modest view, and thinks only that "He ought to learn something from her." (Tears in VIOLET'S eyes.) DORA (scarlet). It's too bad-it's a shame:-poor Violet! L. My dear children, there's no reason why one should be so red, and the other so pale, merely because you are made for a...

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