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The Flowers Personified

Section 4  
I. The Flowers Converse
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When the mother of Jacobus learned the name of her guest, she proceeded herself to set the table for Pansy. It will be strange, indeed, thought she, if this does not give my son the idea of some capital great book, that shall bring us money, and give him access to the prince. But the pansy objected to having much done for her. A slight matter served for her refreshment. She soon recovered her vigor, and found herself in a condition to notice the scene about her.

           The room in which they were, resembled a greenhouse, so full was it of flowers and shrubs. Some of those climbed up the walls others hung in arabesque from the ceiling. Buds scarcely opened, were seen side by side with full-blown flowers. The petals of others, already faded, were gradually dropping off, but did not, for this, seem less beautiful. Books, open or shut, marked in some places by green leaves, to keep the favorite passages, were scattered here and there among the vases. The shelves in the library of Jacobus were either the branches of shrubs, or tufts of flowers.

           With his eye fixed on Pansy, the poet forgot to eat. Never had he seen a woman so handsome, or beauty so attractive. He was especially pleased with her calm, deep eye, which had only, it seemed, to rest upon any object in order to give it forthwith a delightful charm, and a sort of genial glow.

           The Pansy felt it her duty to thank her entertainer, but at the first word of acknowledgment, Jacobus checked her.