The Rose and the Butterfly
A Butterfly once fell in love with a beautiful Rose. The Rose was aware of the Butterfly’s beauty too. She had long since been charmed by the bright patterns of gold and silver on his wings.
And so when he fluttered near and told her of his love, she blushed rosily and said, “I love you too.” The Butterfly danced around the lovely flower for many hours till, sadly, it was time to take her leave. Pledging to be faithful forever he said goodbye and promised to return soon.
But hours passed into days and it was a long time since the Rose saw the Butterfly again.
“Faithful! Is this your faithfulness?” cried the Rose, and told the Butterfly of all the times she had seen him with other flowers. “ I also saw you flying around Miss Mignonette until Honey Bee chased you away. I wish he had stung you!” she said.
“And what about you, dear Rose?” laughed the Butterfly. “I had no sooner left than I saw Zephyr and Mr. Bumble Bee charming you. I saw you making eyes at every single Bug you could see! Ha! You certainly cannot expect faithfulness from me!”
Be faithful if you expect faithfulness in return.
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