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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!