This is the second of a series of books on “How to Live,” by Dr. George F. Butler. These books range from childhood to old age. The boy and the girl, the young man and young woman, the young husband and young wife, middle-aged people, and old people are instructed in these books in matters of the utmost importance to their health and happiness.
of vast importance to men--sh-h!"
She suddenly held up her hand, motioning for silence, and Elsie, wondering what was coming, followed her mother's pointing finger with her eyes. What she saw was a bee hovering over a bright yellow buttercup that grew almost within reach of where she sat.
"Watch him!" whispered her mother.
Elsie did so, holding her breath for fear of scaring him away. He alighted on the flower, crawled clumsily over it for a second or two, pausing now and then to bury his head in the blossom, but he did not do anything else, that Elsie could see, except to tumble about very awkwardly and funnily and then fly away to another buttercup and repeat the operation. Elsie drew a long breath and looked at her mother inquiringly.
"It did not seem as if he did much, did it, dearie!" she said in answer to the look. "But in reality he did a great deal, for he--what shall I say--married? Yes, married! The bee actually married those two buttercups together, so that next season,
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