One cannot quite believe the potted plants. They associate too much with people.

potted plants in a row

Do the parlor potted plants talk to the patio potted plants?

He flew against the pane, and was seen, admired, and stuck on a pin in the curio chest. More could not be done for him.

“Now I too am sitting on a stalk, just as the flowers do!” said the butterfly. “But it is not very pleasant. Indeed, it is like being married – one is stuck!” And then he consoled himself with that.

“That is poor consolation,” said the potted plants in the parlor.

“But one cannot quite believe the potted plants,” thought the butterfly. “They associate too much with people.”

by Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875)
from Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories, The Butterfly, 1861

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