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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

the cat and the frog: warmth

From a book of improving tales for children, dated 1874:
I HAVE an instance of a still stranger friendship to mention. The servants of a country-house—and I am sure that they were kind people—had enticed a frog from its hole by giving it food. As winter drew on, Froggy every evening made its way to the kitchen hearth before a blazing fire, which it found much more comfortable than its own dark abode out in the yard. Another occupant of the hearth was a favourite old cat, which at first, I daresay, looked down on the odd little creature with some contempt, but was too well bred to disturb an invited guest. At length, however, the two came to a mutual understanding; the kind heart of Pussy warming towards poor chilly little Froggy, whom she now invited to come and nestle under her cozy fur. From that time forward, as soon as Froggy came out of its hole, it hopped fearlessly towards the old cat, who constituted herself its protector, and would allow no one to disturb it.
Imitate the kind cat, and be kind to the most humble, however odd their looks. Sometimes at school and elsewhere you may find some friendless little fellow. Prove his protector. Be not less benevolent than a cat.

I wish I could have stuck in the illustration.  It's Froggy and Kitty gazing at each other, with Froggy placing a webbed foot affectionately upon his furry friend.  From William Henry Giles Kingston, Stories of Animal Sagacity (T. Nelson and Sons, 1874), pp. 25-26.

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