THE AMBITIOUS ROSE-TREE. 81
going to be a great lady; they haA^e made you into a
A tea-rose ! Was it possible ?
Was she going to belong at last to that grand
and graceful order, Avhich she had envied so long
•^nd vainly from afar ?
Was she, indeed, no more mere simple Rosa
Damascena ? She felt so happy she could hardly
breathe. She thought it was her happiness that
stifled her ; in real matter of fact it was the tight
bands in which the gardener had bound her,
' Oh, what joy!' she thought, though she still
felt very uncomfortable, but not for the world would
she ever have admitted it to the Bankslae.
The gardener had tied a tin tube on to her, and
it was heavy and cumbersome ; but no doubt she
said to herself the thing was fashionable, so she bore
the burden of it very cheerfully.
The Bankslae asked her how she felt; but she
Avould not deign even to reply; and Avhen a friendly
blackbird, who had often picked grubs off her leaves,
came and sang to her, she kept silent—a Rosa-
indica Avas far above a blackbird.
' Next time you want a caterpillar taken away,
he may eat you for me!' said the blackbird, and flew
off in a huff.
She was very ungrateful to hate the blackbird so,
for he had been most useful to her in doing to death
all the larvae of worms and beetles and caterpillars