THE AMBITIOUS ROSE-TREE. 85
magnolia leaf, looked down Avith a grim smile on his
'It is Avhere everything dies in ten seconds,'
he answered. 'It is a circle of fire ; many friends
of mine have flown in, none ever returned ; your
daughter will shrivel up and perish miserably. One
pays for glory.'
The rose-tree shivered through all her stalks ;
but she was still proud, and tried to think that all
this Avas said only out of envy. What should an old
death's-head moth know, Avhose eyes were so weak
that a farthing rushlight blinded them ?
So she lifted herself a little higher, and would
not even see that the Bankslae were nodding to her ;
and as for her old friend the blackbird, how vulgar
he looked, bobbing up and down hunting worms
and Avoodllce ; could anything be moi'e outrageously
vulgar than that staring yellow beak of his ? She
tAvisted herself round not to see him, and felt quite
annoyed that he went on and sang just the same,
unconscious of, or indifferent to, her coldness.
With each successive summer Rosa Damascena
became more integrally and absolutely a Rosa-
indica, and suffered in proportion to her fashion and
True, people came continually to look at her, and
especially in May time would cry aloud, 'What a
beautiful Niphetos!' But then she was bereaved
of all her offspring, for being of the race of Ni-