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You're not the 1st artist who has attempted to capture a fowl together with his pencil and failed. ” Then he took the little boy’s hand and led him out of the room. “Come and devour. you are going to suppose greater if you have a few nutrients. ” They sat right down to a belated meal within the eating room, yet Jean was once too unhappy to consume. “I used to be so definite i may draw them, Father,” he stated, “if i may merely get shut adequate. however the useless thrushes have been so terrible. ” He pointed to an image which was once putting above the mantel. It used to be an image which used to be very trendy for eating rooms in these days—a portray of 3 lifeless fish on a platter. Jean shuddered. “My birds have been like these fish, Father, purely worse. ” simply then a music sounded during the open window. “Uoli-a-e-o-li-noli-noi-aeolee-lee! ” got here the lengthy, flute-like notes. Jean ran on tiptoe to the window. “There it's! there's my thrush the best way i wished it to be! ” he whispered excitedly. one of the leaves of the lilac bush used to be a noticed thrush, making a song with all its middle. “Birds have been intended to be unfastened! ” he notion. “I needs to learn how to make my birds like that—free, alive, relocating! ” Early the subsequent morning, Jean hopped up and about and into his outfits. “Today,” he acknowledged excitedly, “I shall spend the day drawing. ” abruptly, he remembered that his stepmother had different plans for him. “Oh, well,” he proposal, “tomorrow could be quickly adequate. ” Jean spent the morning in his room. After the midday meal, he dressed for the occasions of the afternoon. “You are the handsomest boy in France,” his stepmother acknowledged fondly while she observed Jean. She gave him a kiss on every one cheek. Then she driven him again lightly in order that she may possibly examine him extra heavily. He relatively did glance very good-looking. His gentle brown hair were brushed until it shone like silk, and it hung in waves to his shoulders. He had on a beautiful new eco-friendly coat which had simply been introduced by means of the tailor, a brand new go well with, new footwear with silver buckles, and a blouse of the softest linen, all tucked and ruffled. “I can infrequently watch for my neighbors to work out you! ” cried Madame Audubon. this present day she used to be having a celebration in her drawing room, and had invited some of the best girls in Nantes. Downstairs every thing was once prepared. The servants had dusted the dependent furnishings till it shone like polished steel. nice jars of blossoms stood the following and there within the rooms. within the kitchen the prepare dinner were very busy, getting ready the scrumptious little pies and muffins which the visitors might consume. Musicians have been employed to come back and entertain the corporate. the best string quartet in Bretagne may play the energetic tunes of the day—the minuet, the pavane, the gavotte—and different dainty French tune. “But you, you're the genuine treasure which I shall take pleasure in exhibiting off,” acknowledged his stepmother, kissing his cheeks back. “All my buddies will envy me after they see that i've got one of these good-looking, witty, shrewdpermanent son! ” “How you destroy the lad! ” stated Captain Audubon, getting into the room. yet he smiled. Jean didn't appear to be harm by way of his stepmother’s gushing. He was once as beneficiant, as pleasant, as satisfied as any boy will be.