If you are out fishing, do not step over your rod, or you will catch no more fish than did Simple Simon in his mother's pail.
Apparently it was through this opening that Simple Simon had disappeared.
Arina Petrovna had not the slightest idea of how Simple Simon spent his time.
"They are laughing because I dance so awkwardly," said Simple Simon.
Finally she found it best to convoke the family council for the purpose of deciding what was to be done with Simple Simon.
Says the pieman to Simple Simon, "Show me first your penny."
He strutted up and down in front of Phil, with a look of inordinate pride on his big, porridge-soft, Simple Simon face.
Arina Petrovna paused, hoping that Simple Simon would give utterance to at least some sounds, but he was as dumb as a stone.
And this time Heartsease had no friend to talk to, for Simple Simon was not there, although she had news of him.
"Simple Simon" gives all that the nursery has preserved of a long chapbook verse story.