THE THRUSH'S NEST
be simply a thrush's nest large enough to hold Peter.
But still, to Peter's agony, the thrushes were sulky. ' We are very busy people,' they grumbled, < and this would be a big job.'
4 Quite so,' said Solomon, ' and, of course, Peter would not allow you to work for nothing. You must remember that he is now in comfortable circumstances, and he will pay you such wages as you have never been paid before. Peter Pan authorises me to say that you shall all be paid sixpence a day.'
Then all the thrushes hopped for joy, and that very day was begun the celebrated Building of the Boat. All their ordinary business fell into arrears. It was the time of the year when they should have been pairing, but not a thrush's nest was built except this big one, and so Solomon soon ran short of thrushes with which to supply the demand from the mainland. The stout, rather greedy children, who look so well in perambulators but get puffed easily when they walk, were