The Blue Jar Story Book
Rosamond, a little girl about seven years of age, was walking with her mother in the streets of London. As she passed along she looked in at the windows of several shops, and saw a great variety of different sorts of things, of which she did not know the use or even the names. She wished to stop to look at them, but there was a great number of people in the streets, and a great many carts, carriages, and wheelbarrows, and she was afraid to let go her mother's hand.
'Oh, mother, how happy I should be,' she said, as she passed a toy-shop, 'if I had all these pretty things!'
'What, all! Do you wish for them all, Rosamond?'
'Yes, mother, all.'
As she spoke they came to a milliner's shop, the windows of which were decorated with ribands and lace and festoons of artificial flowers.
'Oh mother, what beautiful roses! Won't you buy some of them?'
'No, my dear.'
'Because I don't want them, my dear.'
They went a little farther, and came to another shop, which caught Rosamond's eye. It was a jeweller's shop, and in it were a great many pretty baubles, ranged in drawers behind glass.
'Mother, will you buy some of these?'
'Which of them, Rosamond?'
'Which? I don't know which; any of them will do, for they are all pretty.'
'Yes, they are all pretty; but of what use would they be to me?'
'Use! Oh, I'm sure you could find some use or other for them if you would only buy them first.'
'But I would rather find out the use first.'
'Well, then, mother, there are buckles; you know that buckles are useful things, very useful things.'
'I have a pair of buckles; I don't want another pair,' said her mother, and walked on. Rosamond was very sorry that her mother wanted nothing. Presently, however, they came to a shop which appeared to her far more beautiful than the rest. It was a chemist's shop, but she did not know that.
'Oh, mother, oh!' cried she, pulling her mother's hand, 'look, look!—blue, green, red, yellow, and purple! Oh, mother, what beautiful things! Won't you buy some of these?'
Still her mother answered as before: 'Of what use would they be to me, Rosamond?'
'You might put flowers in them, mother, and they would look so pretty on the chimney-piece. I wish I had one of them.'
'You have a flower-pot,' said her mother, 'and that is not a flower-pot.'
'But I could use it for a flower-pot, mother, you know.'
'Perhaps, if you were to see it nearer, if you were to examine it, you might be disappointed.'
'No, indeed, I'm sure I should not; I should like it exceedingly.'
Rosamond kept her head turned to look at the blue vase till she could see it no longer.
'Then, mother,' said she, after a pause, 'perhaps you have no money.'
'Yes, I have.'
'Dear me! if I had money I would buy roses, and boxes, and buckles, and blue flower-pots, and everything.' Rosamond was obliged to pause in the midst of her speech. 'Oh, mother, would you stop a minute for me? I have got a stone in my shoe; it hurts me very much.'
'How comes there to be a stone in your shoe?'
'Because of this great hole, mother; it comes in there....