She buried her little servants—her maid, her monkey, and her dog—in a little mossy grave at my feet. Upon my bark she etched their names, and the whole story of how they died to save her life. I felt all that pain!

Now she has left them to rest here, in the quiet.

The Shading Tree in The Wonderful Sheep, Blue Fairy Book. Painting by Blandford Fletcher.

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