1024 GOOD LUCK CAN LIE IN A PIN<
button, and now they demanded of the merchant that all the umbrellas which were sent after that should be fastened with a little pear.
Now, there was something to do ! Pears in thousands ! Wooden pears on all umbrellas ! The man must set to work. He turned and turned. The whole pear-tree was cut up into little pears ! It brought in pennies, it brought in shillings !
' My good luck was laid in the pear-tree/ said the man. He now got a big workshop with workmen and boys. He was always in a good humour, and said, ' Good luck can lie in a pin ! '
I also, who tell the story, say so. People have a saying, ■ Take a white pin in your mouth and you will be invisible/ but it must be the right pin, the one which was given us as a lucky gift by our Lord. I got that, and I also, like the man, can catch chinking gold, gleaming gold, the very best, that kind which shines from children's eyes, the kind that sounds from children's mouths, and from father and mother too. They read the stories, and I stand among them in the middle of the room, but invisible, for I have the white pin in my mouth. If I see that they are delighted with what I tell them, then I also say, ' Good luck can lie in a pin !'
The comet came, shone with its core of fire, and threatened with its rod ; they looked at it from the rich palace, and the poor cottage ; the crowd on the street looked at it, and the lonely one who went his way over the pathless heath ; every one had his thoughts about it.
1 Come and look at the sign in the heavens ! come and look at the splendid sight,' they said, and all hastened to look.
But in the room there sat a little boy with his mother; the tallow candle was burning, and the mother thought that there was a shroud in the candle ; the tallow stood up in a point and curled over ; that meant, she believed, that