THE RAINBOW BOOK
glad to see you. Perhaps you would kindly help me to find my way ? "
" If you keep on going to the right, when you see the snowdrops' mother, there you will find your landmark."
" Oh, do please tell me more clearly. What did you say ? Tell me where I "—but Rosella was again alone in the green grotto with the sleeping baby-fairies in their swaying hammocks, and the soft music of the wind. " Surely there can't be any grown-up snowdrops at Christmas—it's too early! —and I shall be losing my way for weeks !" continued Rosella. Nevertheless, she kept on turning to the right through upward passages first of rock, then of sand, in which were embedded deep growing roots, then of soil with its minerals, broken up leaves, and corpses of insects which she didn't like at all; then through a passage lined with true red soil, where little grubs were lying fast asleep in their nests.
" You ugly grubby little things!" remarked Rosella as she passed them.
" They are only lying low at present. They will be lovely Painted Ladies and visit the court of Fairy Spring," replied Love of Goodwill, hovering again at her side. " And look ! There are the baby snowdrops asleep in their earthy cots. They, too, will awake soon and get up. I helped their mother to