EVERY day they made several journeys and picked quantities of nuts.
WHEN these stumps were full, they began to empty the bags into a hole high up a tree, that had belonged to a wood-pecker; the nuts rattled down--down-- down inside.
Now, whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk, or whether they were lazy and would not, I do not know: however, they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot.
Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them.
Tea was despatched rapidly, therefore, and the party gathered round the wide hearth in the dining-room, where the nuts
were soon dancing gaily on hot shovels or bouncing out among the company, thereby causing delightful panics among the little ones.
One Saturday morning when he was about to set off for the woods with the sling in his pocket and a bag for nuts
on his shoulder, his grandfather stopped him.
This pleased Dorothy, who had eaten nothing but nuts
all day, and she made a hearty meal of the ripe fruit.
In the evening, when she had washed up and was ready, she felt in her pocket and found the three nuts
which the old toad had given her.
," he continued, with playful solemnity, "while so many of his brethren have fallen and been trodden under foot, is still in possession of all the happiness that a hazel nut
can be supposed capable of.
It was very exciting at that season to roam the then boundless chestnut woods of Lincoln -- they now sleep their long sleep under the railroad -- with a bag on my shoulder, and a stick to open burs with in my hand, for I did not always wait for the frost, amid the rustling of leaves and the loud reproofs of the red squirrels and the jays, whose half-consumed nuts
I sometimes stole, for the burs which they had selected were sure to contain sound ones.
This here one he's called Nut
an' this here other one's called Shell.
He discovered a coco-tree, beat down some of the fruit, broke them, and we drunk the milk and ate the nut
with a satisfaction that protested against the ordinary food on the Nautilus.