Eva looked into the brook, and saw a tiny child standing between the Elves.
The cool waves' gentle plashing against the boat, and the sweet chime of the lily-bells, lulled little Eva to sleep, and when she woke it was in Fairy-Land.
With the sun rose the Fairies, and, with Eva, hastened away to the fountain, whose cool waters were soon filled with little forms, and the air ringing with happy voices, as the Elves floated in the blue waves among the fair white lilies, or sat on the green moss, smoothing their bright locks, and wearing fresh garlands of dewy flowers.
"Now, little Eva," said they, "you will see that Fairies are not idle, wilful Spirits, as mortals believe.
Eva wondered, but silently followed her guide, little Rose-Leaf, who with tender words passed among the delicate blossoms, pouring dew on their feeble roots, cheering them with her loving words and happy smile.
They passed on, and Eva saw beside each bed a Fairy, who with gentle hands and loving words soothed the suffering insects.
Eva and her father were standing together by the railings to see the boat start from the landing-place, the wheel had made two or three revolutions in the water, when, by some sudden movement, the little one suddenly lost her balance and fell sheer over the side of the boat into the water.
It was quite evident, at a glance, that the gentleman was Eva's father.
it's no matter what you pay," whispered Eva, softly, getting up on a package, and putting her arm around her father's neck.
But come, Eva," he said; and taking the hand of his daughter, he stepped across the boat, and carelessly putting the tip of his finger under Tom's chin, said, good-humoredly, "Look-up, Tom, and see how you like your new master."
"And you shall have good times," said Eva. "Papa is very good to everybody, only he always will laugh at them."
And it depressed me to think that so sweet a child as Eva
Denison should have spoken harshly of so good a man as her step-father, simply because he had breadth enough to sympathize with a coarse old salt like Captain Harris.