THE RAINBOW BOOK
her visitor's remark on their resemblance to each other, she replied touchily, "I suppose you've seen many girls called Rose, who were alike when born, but they differ enough later! It's the same with the rest."
The Gardeness pointed out to her the children with the names of Lily, Daisy, Sweet William, and others, all borne up by their especial flower; her own flower, the Gardenia; and the Marigold's Mary; and told her how in some flowers the children imbibe their tastes from their surroundings. Thus, as they strolled around, Monica heard that the Dandelion turns out too foppish a child: that amongst the wild oats the harum-scarum boys develop: that the Blue Cornflower babies remain true to their liking for farinaceous food: and in Love-lies-bleeding, little Cupids are born.
Monica went through the vegetable garden and saw the turnips, where the noses of the infants looked so funny. " They generally take a dislike to vegetables later on," explained the Gardeness ; "now those over there," pointing to a bed of 18-carrots, " are as good as gold. But we must not linger here. You shall have a peep at the orchard, and visit the Counting House; then you must be quick and make your choice."
In the orchard were only boy babies, some sweet-tempered, others sour. The Gardeness wouldn't