The JumperTHE Flea, the Grasshopper, and the Skipjack once wanted to
see which of them could jump highest; and they invited the whole
world, and whoever else would come, to see the grand sight. And
there the three famous jumpers were met together in the
"Yes, I'll give my daughter to him who jumps highest,"
said the King, "for it would be mean to let these people jump for
The Flea stepped out first. He had very pretty manners,
and bowed in all directions, for he had young ladies' blood in his
veins, and was accustomed to consort only with human beings; and
that was of great consequence.
Then came the Grasshopper: he was certainly much heavier,
but he had a good figure, and wore the green uniform that was born
with him. This person, moreover, mainta