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slipped away to be roasted ; in a day or two afterwards, another; and then a third. It would appear that this careful mother knew the number of her offspring, and missed those that were taken from her; for after this she came alone to her evening meal. This occurring repeatedly, she was watched coming out of the wood, and observed to drive back her pigs from its extremity ; grunting with so much earnestness, and in a manner so intelligible, that they retired at her command, and waited patiently for her return." *
The children were much amused with this anecdote.
Edward asked Helen, what became of her rabbits at last.
* Wakefield's Instinct Displayed.