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and the first time he saw his tail uppermost he caught hold of it, and pulled with all his might.
But the lobster would not let go.
“Come along,” said Tom, “don't you see she is dead?” And so she was, quite drowned and 5 dead.
And that was the end of the wicked otter.
“Come along, you stupid old stick-in-themud,” cried Tom, “or the fisherman will catch 10 you!” And that was true, for Tom felt some one above beginning to haul up the pot. But the lobster would not let
go. Tom saw the fisherman haul him up to the boatside, and thought it was all up with him. 15 But when Mr. Lobster saw the fisherman he gave such a furious and tremendous snap that he snapped out of his hand, and out of the pot, and safe into the sea. But he left his knobbed claw behind him, for it never came into his 20 stupid head to let go after all; so he just shook his claw off as the easier method.
Tom asked the lobster why he never thought
of letting go. He said very determinedly that
And it was a point of honor among lobsters.
so it is.
KINGSLEY: The Water-Babies.
abused (a būzd') : badly treated clumsy (klumʼzy): awkward depressed (de prest') : downhearted,
sad desert (de zert') : leave experience (eks pē'ri ns) fathom (făth'um): six feet indignant (in dig'nnt) : angry lockup (lok'up) : jail
meddlesome (měd'd l sum)
lives in the sea
HELPS TO STUDY
I. 1. Where did Tom live? 2. Describe his playfellow. 3. What did the lobster think of Tom? 4. How did they pass the time? 5. Tell how the lobster went into the hole.
II. 1. What trouble did the lobster meet ? 2. What danger was there before the fisherman came alongi 3. How did Tom help the lobster ? 4. How did the lobster get away before the fisherman got him ? 5. Did you ever see a lobster with one or both claws gone? 6. What other animal can you name that hangs fast to things and won't let go ? 7. What is it that the author says about the way to get good out of the experience that comes to us?
THE DAFFODILS I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
A host, of golden daffodils,
And twinkle on the milky way,
Along the margin of the bay.
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee, –
In such a jocund company.
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude ;
Flut-tering and danc-ing in
Be - side the
lake, be-neath the trees, Flut-tering and danc-ing in the breeze.
continuous (kon tin'ū us): going on
and on daffodils (dăf'fo dilz): yellow, cup
shaped flowers inward eye: the mind, the memory
of things we have seen before
jocund (jõk’und): jolly
HELPS TO STUDY
The poet has once seen these bright flowers by a lake. The sight gave him such joy that it was always a pleasure to remember the picture when it came to his mind.
1. In what way is a cloud “ lonely”? 2. How did the poet feel before he saw the daffodils ? 3. What words show their motion ? 4. Read the lines, and see if they “ dance.” 5. Who is the poet that is meant in the third stanza ? 6. Explain these expressions : “jocund company”; “ vacant mood”; “pensive mood”; “ bliss of solitude." 7. What “ wealth” had the sight brought to the poet? Read the stanza that tells this.