40 CHILD'S PLAY such a point, the child can understand, .But.if you merely ask him of his past behaviour, as to who threw such a stone, for instance, or struck such and such a match; or whether he had looked into a parcel or gone by a for- bidden path,—why, he can see no moment in the inquiry, and it is ten to one, he has already half forgotten and half bemused himself with subsequent imaginings. It would be easy to leave them in their native cloud- land, where they figure so prettily—pretty like flowers and innocent like dogs. They will come out of their gardens soon enough, and have to go into offices and the witness-box. Spare them yet a while, 0 conscientious parent! Let them doze among their playthings yet a little ! for who knows what a rough, warfaring existence lies before them in the future ?