|In a series of tiny pen and ink sketches (less than 3 inches tall), Frost noodles around with different treatments of an old geezer by a country pond.|
In his sketches, Frost subtly honed his final pictures for maximum effect. For example, the following is an unpublished sketch for The Bull Calf, Frost's parable about a "humane man" who scolds a farmer for mistreating a calf, until he gets his own first hand experience with the vexatious little beast:
Even in his preliminary sketch, look at how astutely Frost captures the body language between the calf (with his feet firmly planted for maximum stubbornness, his tail and ear pulled roughly), the exasperated farmer and the know-it-all city slicker.
Compare the sketch with the final published version: