The three stories which make up the present volume are beautiful allegories whose message is one of uplift and encouragement, a message which will bring hope and comfort to discouraged and struggling souls. They are sympathetic, tender idylls which emphasize above all else the beauty and the privilege of true motherhood.
s. What are yours?"
"I have told you," she said sullenly, for under the other's eyes her own fell.
"Not so," said the Bee-woman quickly, a hand on her shoulder, "you have told me only your pleasures. I do not ask you for what you would sacrifice food and sleep--though you seem unable to go without either for very long--but for what you should sacrifice them?"
She clasped her hands and faced the Bee-woman proudly.
"Art is the one thing in this world that makes these two the same," said she, "to the artist his art is both his pleasure and his duty."
"That is the reason that artists are not women, then," replied the Bee-woman, "for their duties cannot be their pleasures very long or very often."
At this she would have run away, but her knees were still weak, and the thought of the trackless woods stopped her heart a moment with fear.
"A Bee-woman may know much of bees," she said coldly, "but the world beyond this wood has a wider space to overloo