"Who are the audience to be?"
"Only but Frogs," said Bruno. "But they haven't comed yet. They wants to be drove up, like sheep."
"Would it save time," I suggested, "if I were to walk round with Sylvie, to drive up the Frogs, while you
get the Theatre ready?"
"That are a good plan!" cried Bruno. "But where are Sylvie?"
"I'm here!" said Sylvie, peeping over the edge of the bank. "I was just watching two Frogs that were
having a race."
"Which won it? "Bruno eagerly inquired.
Sylvie was puzzled. "He does ask such hard questions!" she confided to me.
"And what's to happen in the Theatre?" I asked.
"First they have their Birthday-Feast," Sylvie said: "then Bruno does some Bits of Shakespeare; then he
tells them a Story."
"I should think the Frogs like the Feast best. Don't they?"
"Well, there's generally very few of them that get any. They will keep their mouths shut so tight! And it's
just as well they do," she added, "because Bruno likes to cook it himself: and he cooks very queerly." Now
they're all in. Would you just help me to put them with their heads the right way?"
We soon managed this part of the business, though the Frogs kept up a most discontented croaking all
"What are they saying?" I asked Sylvie.
"They're saying 'Fork! Fork!' It's very silly of them! You're not going to have forks!" she announced with
some severity. "Those that want any Feast have just got to open their mouths, and Bruno 'll put some of
At this moment Bruno appeared, wearing a little white apron to show that he was a Cook, and carrying
a tureen full of very queer-looking soup. I watched very carefully as he moved about among the Frogs; but
I could not see that any of them opened their mouths to be fed ----except one very young one, and I'm
nearly sure it did it accidentally, in yawning. However Bruno instantly put a large spoonful of soup into
its mouth, and the poor little thing coughed violently for some time.
So Sylvie and I had to share the soup between us, and to pretend to enjoy it, for it certainly was very
I only ventured to take one spoonful of it ("Sylvie's Summer-Soup," Bruno said it was), and must candidly
confess that it was not at all nice; and I could not feel surprised that so many of the guests had kept
their mouths shut up tight.
"What's the soup made of, Bruno?" said Sylvie, who had put a spoonful of it to her lips, and was making
a wry face over it.
And Bruno's answer was anything but encouraging. "Bits of things!"