Description of the imaginary friend

Il leone di pezza

Ellen (5 years old)

Ellen sat on the footstool and looked down thoughtfully at the lion. He lay on his stomach on the floor at her feet.

“Whenever you and I have a conversation I do all the talking, don’t I?” she said.

The lion remained silent.

“I never let you say a single word,” Ellen said.

The lion did not say a word.

“The trouble with me is I talk too much,” Ellen continued. “I haven’t been very polite, I guess. I apologize.”

“Oh, that’s all right, Ellen,” the lion said.

Ellen sprang to her feet and jumped up and down in delight.

“You talked!” she cried. “You said something!”