Thrush is singing: “How stupid men are! For a whole year we’ve been listening to the water lily sing her sad song, while her lover goes back and forth over the bridge. What’s the matter with humans, anyway? Are they deaf?”
“He’s to blame for all her misfortunes!” I shriek. “If all he can hear are the words of men, she’ll remain a flower forever!”
Magpie in The Water Lily, Blue Fairy Book. Picture by John James.