The Elfin HillA FEW large lizards were running nimbly about in the
clefts of an old tree; they could understand one another very well,
for they spoke the lizard language.
"What a buzzing and a rumbling there is in the elfin
hill," said one of the lizards; "I have not been able to close my
eyes for two nights on account of the noise; I might just as well
have had the toothache, for that always keeps me awake."
"There is something going on within there," said the other
lizard; "they propped up the top of the hill with four red posts,
till cock-crow this morning, so that it is thoroughly aired, and
the elfin girls have learnt new dances; there is
"I spoke about it to an earth-worm of my acquaintance,"
said a third lizard; "the earth-worm had just come from