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!”