into the milk, little black ants partook of the refresh- ments without being invited, and fuzzy caterpillars swung down from the tree, to see what was going on. Three white-headed children peeped over the fence, and an objectionable dog barked at them from the other side of the river, with all his might and main.
" There's salt, here, if you prefer it," said Laurie, as he handed Jo a saucer of berries.
" Thank you ; I prefer spiders," she replied, fishing up two unwary little ones, who had gone to a creamy death. " How dare you remind me of that horrid dinner-party, when yours is so nice in every way ? " added Jo, as they both laughed, and ate out of one plate, the china having run short.
'* I had an uncommonly good time that day, and haven't got over it yet. This is no credit to me, you know ; I don't do anything ; it's you, and Meg, and Brooke, who make it go, and I'm no end obliged to you. What shall we do when we can't eat any more?" asked Laurie, feeling that his trump card had been played when lunch was over.
'• Have games, till it's cooler. I brought 'Authors,' and I dare say Miss Kate knows something new and nice. Go and ask her ; she's company, and you ought to stay with her more."
"Aren't you company, too? I thought she'd suit Brooke ; but he keeps talking to Meg, and Kate just stares at them through that ridiculous glass of hers. I'm going, so you needn't try to preach propriety, for you can't do it, Jo."
Miss Kate did know several new games; and as the girls would not, and the boys could not, eat any