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Paper sculpture of white butterfly in cage

Long, long ago a white butterfly lived in a cage within a snug cottage. Although the diaphanous winged insect loved the elderly man who kept it, the butterfly dreamed of being free. Day after day the same things occurred. In the evenings, the caretaker talked to the butterfly about what happened throughout the day and what they would do on the next. Each night before bed the man opened the cottage window, and then placed his pipe, eye glasses, ear-trumpet, and pocket watch, on the table beside the cage.

Early one morning before the man woke, the butterfly studied the contents of the table and had an idea. If the timepiece leaning against the bars rolled to the other objects, a chain reaction might unlatch the enclosure door. The plan worked and the door swung open. The rising sun illuminated its outstretched wings like a ship in full sail. The butterfly alighted on the window sill to wonder at the landscape and shape its course for the future. With one last backward glance at its keeper sleeping in his bed, the ivory butterfly knew the old man would be sad when he discovered his friend had gone. After a pause the butterfly fluttered back to its cage and closed the door.

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