By Charles Dickens
Willow and Jam took a perfectly ordinary tour of the pond, and as usual with all the wonder and amazement of seeing it for the first time, when they came upon something truly new and unusual: a talking frog that did not seem at all afraid or tempted to retreat.
Startled by such a brave and small animal, the two dogs sat back in amazement, and their wonder only grew when the frog began to speak.
"Hear now, pay attention, you two," said the frog throwing out his tongue impulsively and bringing it quickly back.
"Bear in mind, will you?" the frog said to Willow, as if forgiving her something and then pointing his webby thumb at Jam, "that my business is with him."
"I am instructed to communicate to him," the frog continued, "that he will soon be removed from his present sphere of life and from this place, and be brought up as a gentleman,--in a word, as a young fellow of great expectations."
Jam and Willow gasped, and looked at one another...