The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:|
five little fledglings, crowded into the tiny nest under the eaves of the
porch, had taken it into their heads to try their first flight at that precise
moment, and there they were perched on the shafts of the phaeton, lighting, as
it seemed, on the first thing they came to, while the father and mother birds
were flying about in frantic anxiety to see them in such a perilous situation.
How could those tiny little untrained claws keep their hold on that big round,
slippery shaft, and if the carriage started down they would surely go under
the wheels or under the feet of that merciless little grey mare. But the
little fledglings were in better hands than they knew, for, with the
exceptions of Betsy, Doctor, and Black-and-white, every living thing at
Oakdene was kind to every other living thing.