The Sunling

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

In the good old days a Clown in the East, on a visit to a city kinsman,

while at dinner, pointed to a burning candle and asked what it was. The

City Man said, in jest, it was a sunling, or one of the children of the


The Clown thought that it was something rare; so he waited for an

opportunity, and hid it in a chest of drawers close by. Soon the chest

caught fire, then the curtains by its side, then the room, then the

whole house.

After the flames had been put down the City Man and the Clown went into

the burned building to see what remained. The Clown turned over the

embers of the chest of drawers. The City Man asked what he was seeking

for. The Clown said, "It is in this chest that I hid the bright sunling;

I wish to know if he has survived the flames."

"Alas," said the City Man, who now found out the cause of all the

mischief, "never jest with fools!"