7b. Richard Johnson. The Blossoms of Morality. Illustrated by John Bewick. London: E. Newbery, 1796.
Making kites reveals these two boys' strengths and weaknesses: "The kites made by Fragilis were always too heavy, and not equally balanced on both sides; consequently they were difficult to be raised into the air, and when there, they had a wavering and unsteady motion; whereas, those made by Ernestus were light and elegant, darted into the air like an eagle, and remained there as steady as a hawk resting on its wings." Presumably Ernestus, not Fragilis, was also responsible for the handsome decorations on the kite!