The rest of us was white

Louise Jamison, The real fairy folk,New York, Doubleday, 1912, p. 76-77.

After a while the front part of our bodies and our heads began to turn brown, and, as the rest of us was white, and seemed likely to stay so, we all decided to make a case or house to cover our white part. So we set to work and of bits of sticks, tiny stones, and broken shells, glued together with silk from our own bodies, we made theses cases. True, many of us went down the throat of Belostoma, the giant water bug, before we had finished, but those of us who didin’t crawled into our little houses, locking ourselves in by two strong hooks which grew at the end of our bodies. We could move about, but of course we carried our houses with us and-