94 THE AMBITIOUS ROSE-TREE.
there was the sound of music near at hand ; they
Avere dancing in other chambers.
Above her hung a chandelier; a circle of in¬
numerable little flames and drops that looked like
doAV or diamonds. She thought it was the sun come
very close. After it had been there a little while It
grew very hot, and its rays hurt her.
' Can you not go a little farther aAvay, oh Sun ?'
she said to It. It Avas flattered at being taken for
the sun, but answered her, * I am fixed in my place.
Do you not understand astronomy ?'
She did not knoAv Avhat astronomy Avas, so was
silent, and the heat hurt her'. Still she Avas in tbe
place of honour, so she Avas happy.
People came and Avent ; but nobody noticed her.
They ate and drank; they laughed and made love, and
then Avent aAvay to dance again, and the music went
on all night long, and all night long the heat of the
chandelier poured down on her.
' I am in the place of honour,' she said to her
self a thousand times In each hour.
But the heat scorched her, and the fumes of
the Avines made her faint. She thought of the sweet
fresh air of the old garden Avher'e the Banksiae Avere.
The garden Avas quite near, but the windows Avcre
closed, and there Avere the Avails now between her
and it. She was in the place of honour. But she
grcAv sick and Avaxed faint as the burning rays of the
artificial light shining above her seemed to pierce